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Bill Connors - Theme To The Guardian [ECM Records ECM 1057] (1975)

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Artist:

Bill Connors

Title:

Theme To The Guardian

Released: 1975
Label: ECM Records
Catalog: ECM 1057
Genre: Jazz
Note: German Pressing


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Theme To The Gaurdian
02 Childs Eyes
03 Song For A Crow
04 Sad Hero
05 Sea Song
06 Frantic Desire
07 Folk Song
08 My Favorite Fantasy
09 The Highest Mountain
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John W. Patterson [allmusic.com]

The blazingly explosive and technically precise legato guitarist in Return to Forever left after one release with RTF to pursue a solo career and much quieter, acoustic guitar path. This is the first in a trio of acoustic guitar releases Connors put out in the '70s on the famous ECM label. Theme to the Guardian features some truly excellent acoustic guitar work, with some unique compositions and playing styles. Connors dubs one track as a sort of complex and exotic chordal progression-based structure of strummed rhythms and/or a tapestry of three-finger rolling. Connors solos over this landscape of dreamy, moody, surreal, and frenetic design. The effect is a ghostly dance of melancholy angst and passionate wailings.


Bill Connors: Swimming With A Hole In My Body [ECM 1158] (1980)

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Artist:

Bill Connors

Title:

Swimming With A Hole In My Body

Released: 1980
Label: ECM
Catalog: ECM 1158
Genre: Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Feet First
02 Wade
03 Sing And Swim
04 Frog Stroke
05 Surrender To The Water
06 Survive
07 With Strings Attached
08 Breath
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by Paul Kohler [allmusic.com]

Brilliant solo acoustic guitar with some overdubs. Required listening.


Bill Connors - Double Up [Pathfinder PTF 8620] (1986)

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Artist:

Bill Connors

Title:

Double Up

Released: 1986
Label: Pathfinder
Catalog: PTF 8620
Genre: Jazz, Fusion


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Subtracks
02 Tud
03 Floor To Floor
04 Crunchy Cuts Up
05 Long Distance
06 Out By Twelve
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Ron Wynn [allmusic.com]

Guitarist Bill Connors has forged a successful career by mixing light, pop-oriented fusion cuts with more ambitious works that showcase his considerable solo abilities and compositional skills. This was a trio date with Connors (who doubled as producer) playing in an introspective vein, showing his funk and rock side, and then playing with more imagination and style. The playing time was quite short (35 minutes-plus), but there was enough of Connors' guitar work presented to satisfy his fans and fusion/pop/light jazz followers.

Bill Connors' Biography

by Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

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.
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