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BILL CONNORS

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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Bill Connors biography
Born 1949-09-24 in Los Angeles, USA

Bill Connors is known in fusion circles primarily for being the guitarist with RETURN TO FOREVER on their groundbreaking "Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy" album in 1973. While that was his breakthrough into the jazz and fusion recording industry, he quit the band after the single album and tour, due to creative differences.

Since then, he has gone on to a successful solo career, as well as sitting in with other jazz giants, such as Stanley Clarke, Jan Garbarek and Paul Bley. In recent years, he has even performed again with the revived RETURN TO FOREVER.

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4.20 | 5 ratings
Theme To The Gaurdian
1975
4.00 | 5 ratings
Of Mist And Melting
1978
3.80 | 5 ratings
Swimming With A Hole In My Body
1980
4.00 | 5 ratings
Step It
1984
4.00 | 5 ratings
Double Up
1986
3.96 | 6 ratings
Assembler
1987
3.25 | 4 ratings
Return
2004

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 Step It by CONNORS, BILL album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Bill Connors Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Of the three Bill Connors solo albums I own, this one has his best compositions. Not content with just soloing, Connors here shows that he can also write a fine melody.

His sound here is somewhere between Pat Metheny (just about every fusion guitarist at that time had to try to imitate his sound) and Allan Holdsworth (Connors' fluidity and ability to solo around the most complex chord patterns always bring him to mind). Bassist Tom Kennedy (later known for his work with Planet X) simply astounds with some of his crisp bass lines. And drummer Dave Weckl is always workmanlike whenever I've heard him.

So this is another worthy fusion album from this Return To Forever alumnus.

 Double Up by CONNORS, BILL album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Bill Connors Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars The first impression I get when listening to this Bill Connors album is that he put together quite a talented trio. There's Bill himself, who's sound here is very reminiscent of Allan Holdsworth, bass player Tom Kennedy that many here know from Planet X, and drummer Kim Plainfield, now a Berklee School of Music professor.

The trio plays exceptional high energy fusion, mostly improvised around Connors' loose compositions. And it's the looseness, or lack of many composed sections that is this albums only real drawback. Because there is so much improvisation, and so little melodic sections, the album tends to have a sameness from start to finish. But at only 35 minutes, it's not much of a drawback, as the listener doesn't tire of the sounds, as the performances are so good.

 Assembler by CONNORS, BILL album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.96 | 6 ratings

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Bill Connors Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars This sure is a talented band. Not that I know much about bassist Tom Kennedy (I haven't heard any Planet X albums yet) and drummer Kim Plainfield, other than the other Bill Connors albums I own. But Connors and his band seem to be channelling Allan Holdsworth and his groups on this album. From the compositions, to the guitar tones and phrasing, just about everything sounds like it could be a Holdsworth album.

The Holdsworth references aside, this is a pretty good album. The bass and drum playing is sharp all the way through, and the music has lots of twists and turns, keeping it interesting throughout.

My only complaint is that all of the songs are mostly jamming. There seems to be very little of the band playing written parts, just solos over the complex chord progressions.

Still, 4 stars.

Thanks to Evolver for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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