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Drummer Norman Connors is surrounded by jazz all-stars such as Herbie Hancock,
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Henderson, Hubert Laws, Nathan Rubin and more.
This jazz recording is considered as the 'magnum opus' of master "drummer
extraordinaire", composer, arranger, producer, and leader Norman Connors in a
career that has spanned 4 decades. This recording is what many will consider the
debut of the legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater who has since gone on to a
brilliant career. Connor's put together an all-star group with Herbie Hancock
and Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano and Fender Rhodes, Dr. Eddie Henderson on
trumpet/flugelhorn, Carlos Garnett on tenor/soprano saxes, Gary Bartz on
alto/soprano saxes, Buster Williams on bass, drummer/vocalist Bill Summers and
Kenneth Nash on percussion, and effective, crucial cameos by master flautist
Hubert Laws. On the song, "Love From the Sun'", Connors added Nathan Rubin on
violin and Terry Adams on cello.
The 'best of the best' begins with the exotic theme of Hancock's "Revelation",
doubled wordlessly and beautifully by Ms. Bridgewater over Williams bouncing
ostinato bass pattern with flights of fancy from Hubert Laws on flute, and
superb, luminous solos from Henderson's exotic trumpet, Garnett on soprano, and
Hancock on Fender Rhodes. Garnett's "Carlos II" is another great composition
with remarkable solos. Connors' own "Drums Around The Worlds" is influenced by
African and Latin rhythms with emotional vocals from Summers and a drum-only
section that builds in intensity. One of the high points of the album is Dee Dee
Bridgewater's awesome, glorious vocalizing on Richard Clay's lovely "Love From
The Sun", in one of the greatest performances in her career, arranged by Gumbs.
Elmer Gibson's "Kumakucha" (The Sun Has Risen) is a blazing display of uptempo
musicianship by Connor's driving drums, the propulsive congas of Summers and
Nash, and exciting solos from Bartz, Henderson on trumpet, and Hancock's furious
piano solo. The set ends with a marvelous "Holy Waters" composed and arranged by
Garnett in a scorching performance by Bridgewater on vocals, Garnett unleashing
one of the greatest solos in his storied career, followed by Gumbs' astute solo.
- By John Braswell
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DeeDee Bridgewater, vocals
Herbie Hancock, Fender Rhodes electric piano, piano
Norman Connors, drums
Buster Williams, bass
Eddie Henderson, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
Carlos Garnett, tenor & soprano saxophone
Bill Summers, percussion, vocal on "Drums Around…."
Gary Bartz, alto & soprano saxophones
Onaje Allan Gumbs, Fender Rhodes electric piano on "Love From…" & piano on "Holy
Kenneth Nash, percussion, conga, dumbeg & sakara drums
Hubert Laws, flute
Nathan Rubin, violin
Terry Adams, cello
2. Carlos II
3. Drums Around The World
1. Love From The Sun
3. Holy Waters