Norman Connors - Dance of Magic - AudioSoundMusic
Norman Connors - Dance of Magic - AudioSoundMusic
Norman Connors - Dance of Magic - AudioSoundMusic
Norman Connors - Dance of Magic - AudioSoundMusic

Norman Connors - Dance of Magic

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Vocals – The U.B.F. Singers (A1)

Drums – Norman Connors

Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Herbie Hancock [click here to see more vinyl featuring Herbie Hancock]

Bass – Cecil McBee (A1, B1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Cecil McBee]

Bass – Stanley Clarke

Percussion – Airto Moreira (B1-3)  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Airto Moreira]

Percussion - Alphonse Mouzon (A1, B2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Alphonse Mouzon]

Percussion - Anthony Wiles, Babafemi (A1), Billy Hart (B1-3)

Trumpet – Eddie Henderson [click here to see more vinyl featuring Eddie Henderson]

lto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Gary Bartz

Balafon – Anthony Wiles

Flute – Art Webb

Percussion, Congas – Nat Bettis

Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Carlos Garnett

Written by Norman Connors (A1, B3), Cecil McBee (B1), Stanley Clarke (B2)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g High Quality vinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Buddah Records

Recorded June 26 & 27, 1972 at Bell Sound Studios, NYC

Engineered by Harry Yarmark

Produced by Dennis Wilen, Skip Drinkwater

Remastered by Cicely Baston at Alchemy/Air Mastering

Sleeve Notes by Dan Morgenstern

Originally released in 1972

Reissued in October 2023


Side A :

  1. Dance of Magic

Side B:

  1. Morning Change
  2. Blue
  3. Give the Drummer Some


“Recorded with a who's who of fusion titans including trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist Stanley Clarke, and keyboardist Herbie Hancock, Dance of Magic channels the lessons drummer Norman Connors learned in the employ of Pharoah Sanders, Sam Rivers, and Sun Ra, marshaling Latin rhythms, electronic textures, and cosmic mysticism to create nondenominational yet deeply spiritual funk-jazz. The sprawling 21-minute title cut spans the entirety of the record's first half, capturing a monumental jam session that explores the outer edges of free improvisation but never steps past the point of no return. Connors' furious drumming is like a trail of bread crumbs that leads his collaborators back home. The remaining three tracks are smaller in scale but no less epic in scope, culminating with the blistering "Give the Drummer Some."” AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.45 / 5

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