Bill Connors: Out by Twelve
Out by Twelve
Bill Connors (electric guitar)
Double-Up (Pathfinder Records PTF 8620-CD)
Bill Connors (electric guitar),
Tom Kennedy (bass), Kin Plainfield (drums).
Composed by Bill Connors.
Recorded: New York; released 1986
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
The final cut on Bill Connors's Double-Up is the blatant "Out by Twelve." It is a rollicking fusion number dominated by a heavy dose of bass thunder from Tom Kennedy. There is not much of a melody heard. This piece was written to serve as first-class shredding material. Subtlety is entirely absent as Connors rips through one screeching run after another. There is a rough edge to his guitar sound. This is in contradiction to the rest of the album, on which his sound is well oiled. Drummer Plainfield is given a power turn to show his mighty chops. This was one killing power jazz-rock trio. I rate "Out by Twelve" a 0 for nuance, 50 for melody and 205 for over-the-top burning. Divide the total by 3 and we conveniently come up with 85. It is good for the musical soul to revel in some bombastic excess from time to time.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky