Bill Connors: Floor to Floor


Floor to Floor


Bill Connors (electric guitar)


Double-Up (Pathfinder Records PTF 8620-CD)

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Bill Connors (electric guitar),

Tom Kennedy (bass), Kin Plainfield (drums)


Composed by Bill Connors


Recorded: New York; released 1986


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Guitarist Bill Connors was a very different player on Double-Up than during his preceding short stay with Chick Corea's Return to Forever, where Connors played very much what was needed for that band. Corea's compositions required articulation of each note. There were lots of stops and starts and syncopated passages. After he left RTF, Connors took up classical guitar and shied away from the music business. A decade passed. When he returned, his playing seemed more in the mold of a player such as Allan Holdsworth than say Al Di Meola, his RTF successor. Both Holdsworth and Connors had joined the "School of Legato." One note led seamlessly into another. Finger or pick articulation between notes wasn't totally absent. In fact, Connors clearly played articulated chords. But his solos were hornlike. You may as well have put a mouthpiece on his guitar.

Connors, bassist Tom Kennedy and drummer Kin Plainfield make an impressive power fusion trio. On "Floor to Floor" they have it all going on. The tune's melody is a simple but grabby riff. Bassist Kennedy gets a bit funky as Plainfield supplies the backbeat. Connors then loses all restraint during his solo turn. Not a single picked note is heard. Texture is all but absent in the rolling snowball momentum. This is called having an individual style. In fact, in keeping with the snowy analogy, Connors plays guitar as if he were skiing the Olympic slalom. The man hits no gates.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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