Invitation [Bonus Tracks]

Invitation [Bonus Tracks]

by Norman Connors

CD(Expanded / Bonus Tracks)

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By the late '70s, Connors had gained a new audience that was perhaps unfamiliar with his earlier jazz efforts like Dark of Light and Love From the Sun. Later albums like Saturday Night Special, You Are My Starship, and Romantic Journey had Connors putting R&B in the mix. This 1979 album is the follow-up to the classic This Is Your Life. While that effort seemed to attain a good mix of intelligent R&B and jazz, Invitation finds the formula a little diluted. This does start off on a good foot. The first track "Your Love Is My Ecstasy" features spirited vocals by Al Johnson and great drumming. Ada Dyer, who's also known as Miss Adaritha, handles the rest of the lead vocals. The ballads "Handle Me Gently" and the title track are good but lack a certain earthiness and charm inherent in Connors' best work. In fact, Invitation seems to be hampered by lack of material and often comes off a little uninspired. "Disco Land" is the biggest misstep here. The track finds Connors jumping on the bandwagon a little too late and with a hackneyed production to boot. The instrumental "I Have a Dream" is better suited for Connors and features beautiful trumpet and flügelhorn solos from Eddie Henderson. The meditative "Beijo Partido" has good soprano sax work from Starship Orchestra member Ralph "Buzzy" Jones. While Invitation is too spotty to be called a classic, his fans will no doubt enjoy a few of the better tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
Label: Funky Town Grooves
UPC: 0810736020278
catalogNumber: 339

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Connors   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Toninho Horta   Composer
Marion Meadows   Composer
Renee Geyer   Composer
Jacques Burvick   Composer
Keithen Carter   Composer
McKinley Jackson   Composer
Valorie Jones   Composer
Nigel Martinez   Composer
Melvin Ragin   Composer
Shirley Jones   Composer
Alice Sanderson   Composer
Keith Echols   Composer
Alex Henderson   Liner Notes
Brenda Jones   Composer
Josef Powell   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Mel Logan   Composer
Malvin Ragin   Composer
Art Tosey   Composer

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