Bill Connors - Assembler (1987)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Bill Connors
Title Assembler
Length 38:30 Discs: 1 Tracks: 7
Format HQ 192+ kbps Packaging Jewel Case
Label Evidence Cat. Number 22095
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded czerwiec 1987 
Musicians Credits
Bill Connors guitar
Tom Kennedy bass
Kim Planfield drums
Producer Bill Connors
Producer Doug Epstein
Producer Jerry Gordon
Track list
Crunchy (Connors) 03:31
Sea Coy (Connors) 05:41
Get It to Go (Connors) 05:12
Assembler (Connors) 05:09
Add Eleven (Connors) 06:14
Tell it to the Boss (Connors) 07:04
It Be FM (Connors) 05:39
AMG Review by John W. Patterson (4 1/2):
Jazz fusion guitar fans will recognize Connors as that blazingly explosive and technically precise legato guitarist in Return to Forever who left after one release to pursue a quieter acoustic guitar path. Connors has always been ranked in the upper echelons of fine fusion axe-men. Yet the guitar releases from Connors have come slowly, been severely under-appreciated, and after this release — it seems no more solo works are ever forthcoming. Let's hope I am wrong.
After leaving Return to Forever, Connors released three excellent acoustic albums in the '70s, did some work with Stanley Clarke on Clarke's solo releases, and played with the Jan Garbarek Group. Connors then returned to releasing hard-hitting yet elegantly soulful electric fusion guitar albums in the '80s. They were shorter length, LP time-length format, offering sonic snippets of Connors' electric visions.
Comparisons can be made easily between this release's guitar stylings to that of Allan Holdsworth's technique. This is not surprising as Holdsworth has always sought that horn sound and flow of John Coltrane and Connors too idolizes Coltrane. Convergent evolution perhaps? Connors has more of a rocking and visceral edgy attack than Holdsworth. His legato phrasing is totally different as well as his guitar voicings. Connors will also lean funky, syncopated, and have more of a groove going on in his compositions. Connors demonstrates he is a guitarists' guitarist with evident passion for his instrument. In conversation with Connors' brother I was told that Bill was always practicing for hours upon hours. It shows clearly on this release.
Assembler marked the final electrified release of this triune fusion CD offering of the '80s. Assembler saw an initial 1987 release and then this 1994 re-release on the Evidence label.