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Bill Connors

Bill Connors' great moment of fame occurred when he was with Chick Corea's Return to Forever during 1973-1974, recording the influential Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy. His decision to leave RTF to concentrate more on acoustic guitar may have been satisfying artistically, but it cut short any chance he had at commercial success. Previously, he had played electric guitar with Mike Nock and Steve Swallow in San Francisco; but his post-1974 work was primarily acoustic, particularly in the 1970s when he recorded a series of atmospheric albums for ECM (including with Jan Garbarek). In the mid-'80s, for Pathfinder, Connors' music became more rock-oriented, but those releases did not make much of an impact despite his talent. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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martinprehis p a n i c
I don't like these reviews were really talk about how someone's talent in a real negative view they should get rid of the reviewer here because he doesn't talk at all about this new approach and bills playing recent definitely want to record and sounds of the way around the record I think it's marvelous. It doesn't matter who's style he seems to be copying it doesn't matter he plays great leave it alone his music is wonderful. Although personally I do like the way he played when he was with RTF
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Can't blame a guy for going where he wants to go artistically .
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Been Following Bill since he left Return to Forever.
Great Tone and definitely not an A.H. clone
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hey ur talking Egnimatuc Ocean oh yes that's the heavy s**t yea I been listening to that for Thirty years good choice Gary My Bible album still is Electric Band 1986 sure u heard it
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Nice album by Bill Connors, Theme To The Gaurdian (this is correct spelling) on ECM.
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gary.redden
Jean Luc Ponty
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gary.redden
Deshawn. I have a vinyl w Billy Cobham: Jean Lucy Ponte "Egnimatic Ocean". smokin jazz fusion rock from the 70's. Check it out. Cheers!
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Nevermind. Allmusic.com says it's Kim Plainfield
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Is that Chad Wackerman on traps?
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At the risk of sounding like a musical beginner. Did billy Cobham play for Connors?
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He didn't sound like this in RTF. Definitely Holdsworth.
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I do hear holdsworth in his playing - first time i have heard this guy- love RTF - saw them in atlanta in the early 80s- al dimeola GTR
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elseaweed
It's funny how both Conners and Holdsworth individually strove early on to develop a smooth distorted Clapton tone and legato playing style based off their influence of Coltrane.
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I love Al but I always wondered what would have become of RTF if Connors had stayed with the group. IMHO Hymn of the Sventh Galaxy was the best CD the group produced...d u e in no small measure because of Connors work..
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Hell yeah! Acid jazz flirting with funk while maintaining a sense of originality. Perfect.
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jedguitar
Love this guy... he deserves all the recognition coming to him. I stopped listening to Bill in the late 70's and now I'm wondering why? His playing just oozes taste!
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johnley8
Yes, Holdsworth clone. A pretty convincing one, too. Can't touch the master, though. I mean, from clean tones, to distorted legato lines and everything in-between. Assembler was the biggest Metal Fatigue rip-off ever! But that's my 2 cents....
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Holdsworth clone? I would say they both sound similar, but it's probably more of a shared influence thing happening than any out and out copy cat action. They both came up in the seventies when post Trane melodic blowing were the norm for any lead jazz instrument. More of a case of parallel development. Allan should be flattered to be compared to him.
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gtifly4
Been listening to this guy ever since the early 90's. His work never disappoints. Always backed by great player too.
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He's a great player, but not as good as his source. I enjoy Holdsworth clones, but at the end of the day, I'd rather listen to the man himself, or someone entirely different-wi t h their own unique sound, like Scott Henderson or that other giant that is arguably as good as Holdsworth in an entirely different way-John McLaughlin. Allan's take on Bill Conners: "I liked him when he sounded like Bill Conners".
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great phrasing
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Doesn't get better than this.
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stantdd
great jam
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tafari_sudra
verrry nice
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lorilowe420
fantastic player. Like holdsworth doing more blues.
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When did this guy start playing/soun d i n g like Holdsworth. Good stuff!
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IMHO he was more of an asset to RTF than Demeola. While Al is a very good electric player he is a legendary acoustic player. Connors to me sounds more inventive on the electric...s o u n d s like Holdsworth ...
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i seen rtf with bill connors in nyc wasit at the bitter end maybe, they cooked.
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Return to Forever came to UMass/Amhers t in 1974 and I had the chance to interview Bill Connors for the college newspaper. He told me then how unhappy he was in the band; must have left shortly thereafter. Great player!
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I'm so glad he's still out there playing . A real creative mind.
( and no follower )
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Ckick all up in him. I love it, must get it! Jazzy

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