Norman Connors – Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition) (1976/2015) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Norman Connors – Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition) (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 43:06 minutes | 961 MB | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Connors’ strong Saturday Night Special is most notable for “Valentine Love,” a Top Ten black singles hit. The romantic ballad, a duet between Michael Henderson and Jean Carn, arrived in time for February 14 and also peaked on the Top 100 of the pop chart. One can’t help but feel that the whole LP is truly Carn’s show, as she contributes her rich voice to a number of stylistically varied numbers. Whether belting out in front of industrial-strength funk fusion (“Saturday Night Special”; watch out for Reggie Lucas’ needling guitar solo here), sliding through breezy jazz (a rendition of Jobim’s “Dindi”), or slipping into some ethereal colorings (a take on Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage”), Carn proves herself to be an extremely versatile vocalist, equally adept with each approach. “Skin Diver,” penned by Harry “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” Whitaker and Dwight Carson, is the best of the lot — a slowly simmering number that features Carn at her soaring best. Hancock contributes piano to “Kwasi,” a painfully brief fusion cut that begins with a two-minute Connors drum solo and ends after another two minutes, just when it begins to really cook. ~ Andy Kellman

01. Saturday Night Special
02. Dindi
03. Maiden Voyage
04. Valentine Love
05. Akia
06. Skin Diver
07. Kwasi
08. Saturday Night Special (7″)
09. Valentine Love (7″)