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Album Review

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. ~ John W. Patterson, Rovi

Customer Reviews

At Last!

I owned this release on vinyl, back in the day. The haunting tones and incredible chops-inspired me to pick up a guitar back in winter of '75, still playing! Thanks Bill.

A Masterwork!

I thought this release had been send to deep space by ECM, but what a pleasant surprise to see it pop up on iTunes. This is really a fantastic album (vinyl record to those of you studying music history :-) ), there was just a great vibe that Manfred and friends at ECM were able to get out of their stable of superb guitarists at that time. This album stands at the top in the same company as Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny and others who produced some of the most sublime and beautiful music that is as fresh today as it was in '75. Highly recommend this album. For those of you who have thrilled to the return of RTF in '08, this should easily be part of your collection. Enjoy this excellent work by Mr. Connors.


Born: September 24, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

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...
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Theme to the Gaurdian, Bill Connors
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  • $11.61
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Nov 1974

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