Combining light Latin smooth jazz with searing contemporary thrills, Bill Connors proves that he's been hard at work practicing, writing music, and studying since his last two albums, Double Up and Assembler, were recorded in the late 1980s. No sense in letting such great guitar chops get stale. With Return, he's able to turn it loose and demonstrate the same fiery technique that he displayed with Return to Forever in 1973-74 and later with a wider selection of contemporary jazz veterans.
Aside from John Coltrane's Brasilia," the program features Connors originals that emphasize guitar and piano equally, as ...read more
At first the guitar licks might bring Pat Metheny to mind. Then the overall sound may give the impression of a Chick Corea ensemble. Both impressions would be wrong--but not entirely. It's Bill Connors, a veteran who has recorded or performed with many modern jazz legends, including Jack DeJohnette, Steve Khan, and Lee Konitz. He's even spent time with Return to Forever, Corea's pioneering 1970s fusion group, and Dave Weckl, who toured and recorded with Corea's Elektric and Acoustic bands of the late 1980s and early '90s. Their influence is clearly heard on Return.While Connors is clearly in ...read more
A musical chameleon, guitarist Bill Connors has gone through at least three different incarnations in the past. As the first guitarist in Chick Corea's Return to Forever, Connors attracted attention for his stinging and passionate work on Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (Polydor, 1973). But no sooner had his star begun to rise than he left the band, the more aggressive fusion stance of the band being a far cry from the more Latin-informed group that he joined on the basis of Light as a Feather (Polydor, 1972).
Surfacing on the ECM label, Connors reinvented himself as an acoustic guitarist ...read more