It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

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
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Return

1. On The Edge

2. Mr. Cool

3. McMinor

4. Mind Over Matter

5. Minor Matters

6. Try Tone Today

7. Terrabill Blues

8. Nobody Yet To

9. It Be Fm

10. Brasilia

x

Track List: Assembler

1. Crunchy

2. Sea Coy

3. Get It To Go

4. Assembler

5. Add Eleven

6. Tell It To The Boss

7. It Be FM

Comments

Report as inappropriate
Who is the drummer? He's great
Report as inappropriate
Some of his best work, IMO, was in the 80's. Step It Assembler Double Up...my fav being Step It, with a young Dave Weckl still making his presence known on the scene, and playing very well of course. Tom Kennedy on bass, second to none, and while Bill's playing is very similar to AH, it still has a sound and style all it's own...bliste r i n g hard core fusion. This period in Conner's career should not be trivialized or dismissed, it should be required listening for all fusion enthusiasts.
Report as inappropriate
BILL CONNORS is one of the very BEST fusion jazz guitarists in the world. His work in the 80's is similar to Holdsworth with his incredible scales and legato phrasing but with more of a groove and a harder edge tone than Holdsworth. Dont believe this Pandora review - this guy has NO CLUE. Get into BILL CONNORS! His new stuff has a fat jazz tone more like Pat Martino!
Report as inappropriate
What an utter and completely S**TTY review! The reviewer is a completely negative and closed minded moron! BILL CONNORS is one of the GREAT FUSION JAZZ GUITARISTS that started in the 1970's. He STARTED with CHICK COREA and took it from there - who else can say they got their start with CHICK COREA! He went on to get signed on the amazing Prestigious ECM jazz label and produced some of the most ambient, etherial acoustic music ever recorded! Then he started up a whole NEW genre of ELECTRIC
Report as inappropriate
d.rayfield
I have enjoyed the playing of Connors since the early 80's. Once I heard Swimming with a hole in my body I was hooked. Liked his three electric LP's even more. Step It is still one of the best pieces of work I have ever heard for guitar and his electric tone is just beautiful. Glad to hear him on Pandora. Good work. Thanks!
Report as inappropriate
Great....
Report as inappropriate
Still sounds good!!!
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
Can't blame a guy for going where he wants to go artistically .
Report as inappropriate
Been Following Bill since he left Return to Forever.
Great Tone and definitely not an A.H. clone
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
Nice album by Bill Connors, Theme To The Gaurdian (this is correct spelling) on ECM.
Report as inappropriate
gary.redden
Jean Luc Ponty
Report as inappropriate
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!
Report as inappropriate
Nevermind. Allmusic.com says it's Kim Plainfield
Report as inappropriate
Is that Chad Wackerman on traps?
Report as inappropriate
At the risk of sounding like a musical beginner. Did billy Cobham play for Connors?
Report as inappropriate
He didn't sound like this in RTF. Definitely Holdsworth.
Report as inappropriate
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
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
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..
Report as inappropriate
Hell yeah! Acid jazz flirting with funk while maintaining a sense of originality. Perfect.
Report as inappropriate
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!
Report as inappropriate
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....
Report as inappropriate
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.
Report as inappropriate
gtifly4
Been listening to this guy ever since the early 90's. His work never disappoints. Always backed by great player too.
Report as inappropriate
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".
Report as inappropriate
great phrasing
Report as inappropriate
Doesn't get better than this.
Report as inappropriate
stantdd
great jam
Report as inappropriate
tafari_sudra
verrry nice
Report as inappropriate
lorilowe420
fantastic player. Like holdsworth doing more blues.
Report as inappropriate
When did this guy start playing/soun d i n g like Holdsworth. Good stuff!
Report as inappropriate
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 ...
Report as inappropriate
i seen rtf with bill connors in nyc wasit at the bitter end maybe, they cooked.
Report as inappropriate
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!
Report as inappropriate
I'm so glad he's still out there playing . A real creative mind.
( and no follower )
Report as inappropriate
Ckick all up in him. I love it, must get it! Jazzy

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[77, 72, 74, 68, 88, 81, 69, 109, 98, 118, 120, 88, 112, 106, 71, 70, 67, 112, 111, 74, 103, 103, 73, 101, 78, 97, 65, 97, 89, 86, 71, 68, 66, 117, 80, 98, 64, 97, 70, 65, 123, 109, 115, 99, 68, 98, 104, 120, 87, 101, 112, 115, 113, 88, 114, 69, 115, 82, 92, 127, 88, 73, 98, 78, 94, 122, 76, 111, 105, 99, 102, 67, 69, 86, 77, 118, 80, 115, 119, 110, 105, 85, 106, 73, 72, 119, 87, 71, 99, 69, 111, 106, 91, 90, 71, 68, 103, 89, 71, 112, 109, 64, 70, 94, 92, 109, 100, 77, 96, 65, 66, 114, 113, 102, 122, 84, 69, 72, 82, 102, 120, 106, 127, 125, 112, 118, 77, 92, 84, 80, 96, 109, 80, 109, 111, 106, 118, 125, 122, 100, 105, 73, 64, 108, 79, 74, 116, 64, 126, 72, 78, 90, 70, 66, 91, 67, 111, 123, 106, 65, 112, 111, 99, 105, 123, 117, 80, 65, 107, 96, 74, 89, 94, 83, 117, 108, 70, 127, 72, 84, 104, 64, 126, 105, 119, 122, 105, 114, 123, 101, 107, 111, 97, 105, 75, 68, 68, 126, 115, 114, 112, 80, 87, 105, 101, 80, 83, 72, 106, 75, 113, 112, 82, 114, 90, 105, 112, 109, 66, 79, 110, 66, 75, 114, 73, 106, 102, 121, 107, 122, 78, 65, 109, 67, 96, 98, 66, 66, 64, 98, 108, 96, 79, 104, 102, 114, 81, 100, 95, 108, 69, 95, 82, 127, 117, 102, 77, 106, 106, 71, 101, 96, 89, 82, 73, 77, 85, 125, 97, 80, 101, 66, 107, 123, 69, 107, 77, 92, 64, 111, 73, 114, 114, 69, 124, 109, 92, 81, 110, 72, 102, 114, 95, 64, 115, 80, 70, 71, 106, 103, 85, 115, 91, 99, 90, 105, 69, 71, 84, 127, 86, 79, 68, 96, 64, 104, 124, 108, 80, 67, 79, 90, 108, 120, 78, 100, 78, 70, 92, 78, 104, 106, 120, 125, 95, 67, 113, 77, 95, 113, 112, 87, 75, 104, 117, 99, 117, 69, 112, 79, 87, 75, 74, 79, 83, 85, 118, 89, 112, 122, 102, 118, 102, 85, 123, 66, 110, 113, 108, 65, 120, 111, 80, 64, 122, 115, 116, 102, 127, 80, 98, 91, 75, 120, 114, 67, 109, 127, 125, 113, 120, 114, 64, 92, 121, 118, 91, 90, 91, 94, 87, 66, 80, 79, 126, 67, 79, 112, 115, 99, 76, 121, 84, 71, 64, 111, 98, 95, 91, 113, 122, 121, 120, 122, 74, 110, 74, 91, 74, 69, 86, 104, 112, 119, 102, 113, 87, 79, 91, 116, 85, 78, 96, 68, 83, 91, 103, 71, 67, 113, 86, 110, 72, 106, 77, 93, 78, 78, 106, 100, 118, 103, 112, 105, 73, 119, 113, 98, 86, 77, 121, 106, 127, 87, 118, 71, 114, 66, 124, 124, 83, 80, 80, 81, 94, 66, 87, 88, 76, 109, 76, 84, 69, 101, 64, 126, 76, 120, 114, 82, 104, 107, 92, 104, 92, 70, 76, 117, 86, 73, 114, 111]