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Bill Connors will always be best known for being the original guitarist with Chick Corea's Return to Forever, preceding Al DiMeola. After making one classic album (Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy), Connors left RtF and has had a lower profile ever since, spending some time exploring acoustic guitar. On 2004's Return, Connors is back on electric guitar but playing post-bop jazz rather than fusion and with a tone closer to Kenny Burrell than to DiMeola. His nine originals sometimes have catchy grooves but they are never predictable. Among the highlights are the bluish strut "Mr. Cool," the brooding ballad "McMinor" and the driving momentum of "Nobody Yet To" plus the one "cover tune," a lyrical rendition of John Coltrane's "Brasilia." Listeners coming to Bill Connors' Return without any preconceptions will enjoy this tasteful and subtle effort.

Customer Reviews

Step It?

Love Bill Connors stuff, but is there a chance of getting my personal favorite, Step It, on here? Dying to hear that album from '84. Used to have it on vinyl and would love a digital version! Thanks!

Step It: please!

One of my favorite albums featuring Dave Weckl in his early years. Please try to release this. Thank you


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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