|April 16, 2017 at 10:28 pm Quote #56322|
Allan Holdsworth, Progressive Guitar Virtuoso, Dies at 70
VarietyApril 16, 2017
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 Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Louise. He was 70.
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.
From the 1980s onward, Holdsworth released a number of jazz fusion solo albums with collaborators including Gordon Beck and Mark Varney, and continued to tour. “Road Games,” from 1983, received a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental performance.
Musicians including Joe Satriani mourned Holdsworth on Twitter.
R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth. You remain an enormous inspiration to me. Your beautiful music will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/UEpuqCTm8s
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|April 17, 2017 at 5:43 am Quote #56325|
Allan was an amazing guitar player.
|April 17, 2017 at 6:46 am Quote #56326|
thats too bad. Great guitarist for sure
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|April 17, 2017 at 8:37 am Quote #56327|
Saw him one time as a jazz venue in San Jose, CA in 1994. Me and a buddy were kind of shocked to see that the first row right in front of him was empty – so we hustled on up there and got front row seats.
His skill level was about as elite as elite gets. To be perfectly honest, however, by the end of the show, I was kind of happy it was over. Even though it was one mind-blowing riff after another … it was all instrumental songs … and after a couple hours … I had had enough.
RIP Allan. You were truly one of the greatest ever.
|April 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm Quote #56333|
EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.
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