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BILL CONNORS

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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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
3.16 | 6 ratings
Swimming With A Hole In My Body
1980
4.00 | 6 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 | 6 ratings

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Bill Connors Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Bill Connors is probably best know for being the guitarist on my favourite RETURN TO FOREVER album "Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy". He's got Tom Kennedy on bass, he'd later play with PLANET X, plus Dave Weckl on drums and he'd play on one of Chick Corea's projects. This was recorded at a studio in NYC in June and October of 1984. I really like the way the album kicks off, in fact the first three tracks would be my top three favourite songs on here. "Lydia" does have those outbursts that don't do a lot for me but man when they get into that steady groove I'm all in. The guitar solos over the bass and drums starting around 1 1/2 minutes but not for long as we get more outbursts along with that steady groove. Good start.

"A Pedal" opens with bass and drums as we get some atmosphere. I like this a lot. The bass and drumming really impress. The guitar starts to solo after 2 minutes then a calm with bass leading. Another guitar solo before 5 minutes and again the drumming is outstanding but then so is the bass and guitar. Players! "Step It" has some surprisingly heavy guitar as the drums and bass support. The guitar turn clean and man the drumming really blows me away on this one. There's some other good tunes like "Twinkle" with that long guitar solo or that high pitched tone to the guitar on "Titan" early on as the bass and drums crush it as usual. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this album and it's 1984!

 Swimming With A Hole In My Body by CONNORS, BILL album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.16 | 6 ratings

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Swimming With A Hole In My Body
Bill Connors Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars File this one under "I didn't do my homework before purchasing". This is Bill Connors on acoustic guitar with no other musicians, so yes it's acoustic guitar all the time. Sure it's a pretty album but I'm not into records like this. If I was a guitarist I'm sure I'd be impressed with his finger picking but do I want to put this on for 40 plus minutes? No. This was released in 1980 and I actually like the photo he used for the album cover for some reason. The titles are all pretty much related to the title of the album which is cute. I have hit 100 words yay! Sorry I just don't have much to say about this one. I will have a lot more to say about his 1984 album "Step It" in a couple of weeks.
 Step It by CONNORS, BILL album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.00 | 6 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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Assembler
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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