An almost five decade career cannot be summed up in just a few words; talking about Allan Holdsworth is a never ending deal.
He has so much incredible material, that for us simple folks, it will take a lifetime to learn a third of it, let alone comprehend it. He was a genius who influenced a long line of guitar players. From Van Halen to Robben Ford to Kiko Loureiro, Holdsworth made an impression on anyone who ever took the guitar seriously, and made every one of them better for it.
Holdsworth’s complex chord progressions, and unusual choice of scales, left everyone in awe of his abilities. It was hard to copy someone with his chops, so all anyone can do is just admire the beauty of watching his fingers moving around the fretboard.
His career started with his first band Igginbottom, formed in 1969, followed by Sunship in 1971, alongside King Crimson’s percussionist Jamie Muir. Throughout the 70’s Holdsworth worked with musicians such as Soft Machine, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tony Williams, Bill Bruford. He briefly joined the prog band U.K for one album in 78. The 80’s were where we first had the taste of Holdsworth's solo work, thus giving birth to a style that no one can successfully copy. I was lucky enough to see him live in 2010 and it was mind blowing.
2017 has already been a disappointment so far, taking away Chuck Berry, J. Geils, and now Allan Holdsworth. Let’s hope it stops here. We can’t afford to lose more people.
What’s your favourite Holdsworth track? Let us know.
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