Allan Holdsworth A Titan Of The Guitar
Most guitar players who love the instrument will know of Allan Holdsworth passing. Allan was a singularly talented musician who stood head and shoulders across the guitar fusion world. His style was completely unique and although he has influenced a generation of guitarists, who can really say that they could emulate this humble, yet supremely talented guitar player.
From The Variety Website
Allan Holdsworth, known as a guitarist’s guitarist for his progressive rock and jazz fusion work with bands including Soft Machine, Gong, and U.K., died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Louise. He was 70.
Born in Bradford, England, Holdsworth had lived in Southern California for several decades. His complex guitar work was cited as an influence by musicians such as Eddie Van Halen and Robben Ford.
Holdsworth started out playing with rock and jazz fusion bands in the early ’70s and then joined up with acts from the Canterbury progressive scene, including Soft Machine and Pierre Moerlen’s Gong. He played with bassist Stanley Clarke, King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford’s solo act, and with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty’s band, and was then recruited to join progressive supergroup U.K. with Bruford, violinist Eddie Jobson, and bassist John Wetton. But he objected to the organized structures of a major touring band and left the group after its first self-titled album in 1978.
An early proponent of the guitar synthesizer, he endorsed instruments for the SynthAxe company in the 1980s. Reverb magazine described Holdworth’s music as, “This was quantum jazz fusion with a Fripp-esque legato style and truly otherworldly tones.”
Watching The Great Man In Action
Here is a great example from Youtube of Allan playing “Looking Glass” in Frankfurt 1997 with Dave Carpenter on bass and Gary Novak on drums.
Reaction From Twitter
R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth. pic.twitter.com/ubyzaV6JXH
— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) April 16, 2017
R.I.P. to quite the player, Mr. Allan Holdsworth. pic.twitter.com/YpwoCSpvfp
— MetalMike (@2MetalDads) April 17, 2017
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) April 17, 2017
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