|Tags:||jazz guitar ecm fusion jazz guitar guitar virtuoso contemporary jazz instrumental jazz fusion|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
William Connors, 24 September 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like so many young men of his generation, Connors was attracted to rock music and the electric guitar. His interest underwent a slight shift of direction and he became a leading figure of the jazz rock scene of the early 70s. He toured with Chick Coreas then current Return To Forever band and also played with fellow jazz rock bass guitarist Stanley Clarke. By the late 70s, Connors, ever searching, had also moved into free jazz and during these years he worked with Lee Konitz, Gary Peacock, Jan Garbarek and others. In addition to playing electric guitar, Connors also occasionally plays the acoustic instrument, for example on his 1974 solo album, Theme To The Guardian. His first love, however, remains the electric guitar and stylistically he has always been most at home playing jazz rock. After a number of years when he was inactive musically, Connors resurfaced in 2005 with Return.