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Lee Konitz / Paul Bley / Bill Connors - Pyramid (1977) {Improvising Artists}

Lee Konitz / Paul Bley / Bill Connors - Pyramid (1977) {Improvising Artists}
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Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz , Post-Bop

Reissued on CD by the Black Saint/Soul Note labels, this entry from Paul Bley's IAI label features fairly free playing from an unusual trio comprised of Lee Konitz (on alto and soprano), keyboardist Bley and Bill Connors on electric and acoustic guitars. Actually, due to the free nature of the pieces, the music is less exciting than one might hope. Everyone takes chances in their solos but several of the pieces wander on much too long. Overall this session does not reach the heights one might expect from these great players.
Norman Connors - The Essential Norman Connors: The Buddah/Arista Years (2018)

Norman Connors - The Essential Norman Connors: The Buddah/Arista Years (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 1.02 GB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 353 MB | 02:33:21
Soul, Funk, Jazz | Label: Buddah/Legacy

Like Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Patrice Rushen, Norman Connors is best known for his major R&B hits but started out as a jazz improviser. The drummer/composer was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he lived in the same neighborhood as Bill Cosby and became interested in jazz when he was only a child. As a kid in elementary school, Connors was exposed to jazz extensively thanks to such schoolmates as drummer Lex Humphries and the younger brother of bassist and Jazz Messenger-to-be Spanky De Brest. Connors was in junior high when he began sneaking into jazz clubs and sat in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane gig.
Norman Connors - Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition) (1976/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Norman Connors - Saturday Night Special (Expanded Edition) (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:06 minutes | 961 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Connors' strong Saturday Night Special is most notable for "Valentine Love," a Top Ten black singles hit. The romantic ballad, a duet between Michael Henderson and Jean Carn, arrived in time for February 14 and also peaked on the Top 100 of the pop chart. One can't help but feel that the whole LP is truly Carn's show, as she contributes her rich voice to a number of stylistically varied numbers.
Norman Connors - Take It To The Limit (Expanded Edition) (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Norman Connors - Take It To The Limit (Expanded Edition) (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 44:35 minutes | 992 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Drummer and stellar lineup assembler Norman Connors landed on Arista for Take It to the Limit, an album that continued the man's embrace of smooth R&B and gradual abandonment of jazz. The roster here is extremely lengthy; not only is there a group numbering at about a dozen that's dubbed the Starship Orchestra, but there's well over 30 other (!) guests who pop in and out of the mix in various capacities.
Norman Connors - Invitation (Expanded) (1979/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Norman Connors - Invitation (Expanded) (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:06 minutes | 1,07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

By the late '70s, Connors had gained a new audience that was perhaps unfamiliar with his earlier jazz efforts like Dark of Light and Love From the Sun. Later albums like Saturday Night Special, You Are My Starship, and Romantic Journey had Connors putting R&B in the mix. This 1979 album is the follow-up to the classic This Is Your Life. While that effort seemed to attain a good mix of intelligent R&B and jazz, Invitation finds the formula a little diluted. This does start off on a good foot. The first track "Your Love Is My Ecstasy" features spirited vocals by Al Johnson and great drumming. Ada Dyer, who's also known as Miss Adaritha, handles the rest of the lead vocals.
Robert Crotty & Loren Connors - Robert Crotty with Me: Loren’s Collection (1979-1987) (2017)

Robert Crotty & Loren Connors - Robert Crotty with Me: Loren’s Collection (1979-1987) (2017)
Country, Blues, Folk | 41:50 min | WEB FLAC (tracks) | 197 MB
Label: Family Vineyard

In the years 1978 to 1981, Robert Crotty would show up on Loren Connors' doorstep in New Haven, Connecticut with his tiny, almost toy guitar. The two would then spend hours playing acoustic blues, the likes of which was absolutely staggering in its truthfulness. "Robert Crotty with Me: Loren's Collection (1979-1987)" is the first anthology of the late bluesman's work, as selected by Connors, his former playing partner and avant blues master.

Norman Connors - Romantic Journey (1977) {FunkyTown Grooves}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 4, 2017
Norman Connors - Romantic Journey (1977) {FunkyTown Grooves}

Norman Connors - Romantic Journey (1977) {FunkyTown Grooves}
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Genre: Soul, Funk

When Norman Connors made the transition from jazz albums to commercially successful R&B-oriented dates, the drummer found himself being lambasted repeatedly in jazz press (something Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, George Duke and George Benson could also relate to). Myopic jazz critics trashed Romantic Journey simply because it contains so much R&B/pop, as opposed to judging its merits as an R&B/pop-oriented album. Though not as strong as its predecessor, You Are My Starship, this decent offering has its strong points, including Philip Mitchell's vocal on the haunting "Destination Moon" and Eleanore Mills' performance on a likable cover of the Stylistics' "You Are Everything."

Bill Connors - Step It (1994)  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 29, 2012
Bill Connors - Step It (1994)

Bill Connors - Step It (1994)
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Genre: Fusion

This session accented the funk/R&B and rock elements of Connors' arsenal; the eight selections were dominated both by drummer Dave Weckl's prominent backbeats and Connors' riffs and dashing licks, as well as catchy hooks, progressions, and patterns from bassist Tom Kennedy. Step It album Such songs as "A Pedal," "Brody," and the title cut weren't melodically sophisticated, but had a bass-heavy structure and quick, animated solos. Step It CD music Although the date is a bit old, its qualities prove a perfect fit on several new adult contemporary and lite-jazz outlets.

Bill Connors - Return (2004) [Repost]  Music

Posted by tiburon at June 13, 2012
Bill Connors - Return (2004) [Repost]

Bill Connors - Return (2004)
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Genre: Post-Bop, Fusion

Bill Connors will always be best known for being the original guitarist with Chick Corea's Return to Forever, preceding Al DiMeola. After making one classic album (Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy), Connors left RtF and has had a lower profile ever since, spending some time exploring acoustic guitar. On 2004's Return, Connors is back on electric guitar but playing post-bop jazz rather than fusion and with a tone closer to Kenny Burrell than to DiMeola. His nine originals sometimes have catchy grooves but they are never predictable.
Advanced Data Analytics Using Python: With Machine Learning, Deep Learning and NLP Examples [Repost]

Advanced Data Analytics Using Python: With Machine Learning, Deep Learning and NLP Examples by Sayan Mukhopadhyay
English | 29 Mar. 2018 | ISBN: 1484234499 | 204 Pages | PDF/EPUB | 2.9 MB