Album Review

Connors, Loren – “As Roses Bow: Collected Airs 1992-2002 ” – [Family Vineyard]

Jawbone   12/11/2007   A Library, CD

Loren MazzaCane Connors, guitar improviser: purveyor of avant-garde blues, experimental jazz, noise, drone, folk, and on this collection, Irish airs. Inspired by blind 18th century harpist O???Carolan and released in 2007, ???As Roses Bow??? is a 2 CD set of melodic miniatures culled from 10 albums, recorded between 1992 and 2002. These pieces flowed forth from Connors, ???I never had to labor over their completion. They seemed to just be there in me???, he has said. They are simple, pure and achingly beautiful.

Connors??? wife Suzanne Langille provides vocals on four selections (A2, A4, A8 & A17), the rest are instrumental electric guitar.

Over his lengthy career he has recorded under numerous names: Loren MazzaCane, Loren Mattei and Guitar Roberts and has released over 50 records. Connors was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 and is still performing and recording in 2007.

Standouts: A3,10,14,16,18,B3,9,13,18,19,20.


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