The smoothest of sounds
Norman Connors' music is smooth, R&B-based easy listening that escapes its own imploding Muzak tendencies through sheer talent.
The music itself takes no chances; the drummer-arranger plays it safe, right down the middle of the road.
But with such talent as he has gathered, it would be nearly impossible to produce a bad album. Vocalist Spencer Harrison has a voice as rich as milk chocolate, while female singer Gabrielle Goodman has a perky sound that could have come from a sealed vault at Atlantic Records.
"Passion" is full of quietly romantic mood music; Connors' arrangements are ever so smooth, the orchestration is rich and the production wrinkle-free. Freddie Hubbard's guest solo on trumpet on "Samba for Maria" is a tasteful, nearly perfect way to close out Connors' latest effort.
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