Allan Holdsworth

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Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth.jpg
Holdsworth in 2007
Background information
Born (1946-08-06)6 August 1946
Bradford, England, U.K.[1]
Died 15 April 2017(2017-04-15) (aged 70)
Vista, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz fusion, jazz, instrumental rock, progressive rock
Occupations Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Guitar, SynthAxe
Years active 1969–2017
Labels Eidolon Efformation
Associated acts 'Igginbottom, Tempest, Bill Bruford, U.K., The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Gordon Beck, Chad Wackerman, HoBoLeMa, Soft Machine, Gong, Gary Husband, Nucleus, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Stevens, Planet X
Website therealallanholdsworth.com
Notable instruments
SynthAxe

Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He was best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Career[change | change source]

Holdsworth was known for his knowledge of music, through which he created works in chord progressions and solos. His unique legato soloing technique came from his desire to originally play the saxophone. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company which he worked for in the 1980s.

Influence[change | change source]

Holdsworth has been called as an influence by such renowned rock, metal and jazz guitarists as Eddie Van Halen,[2] Joe Satriani,[3] Shawn Lane,[4] and Alex Lifeson.[5]

Frank Zappa once called him as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet",[6] while Robben Ford has said: "I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don't think anyone can do as much with the guitar as Allan Holdsworth can."[7]

Death[change | change source]

Holdsworth died on 15 April 2017 in Vista, California of a heart attack at the age of 70.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Milkowski, Bill (5 October 2005). "A Conversation with Allan Holdsworth (#80)". Abstract Logix. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  2. Obrecht, Jas (April 1980). "Young Wizard of Power Rock". Guitar Player. NewBay Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. Brown, Pete (2007). "3 Questions – Joe Satriani". The Punch-In. TrueFire. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. Hallebeek, Richard (March–April 2001). "Shawn Lane + lesson". richardhallebeek.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. Guitar World Staff (12 January 2012). "Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush Choose 22 Songs That Inspired Them Most". Guitar Player. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  6. Goldwasser, Noë (April 1987). "Zappa's Inferno". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. Charupakorn, Joe (August 2009). "Robben Ford: Soul Tones" (PDF). Guitar Edge. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  8. Russonello, Giovanni (April 18, 2017). "Allan Holdsworth, Virtuoso Guitarist, Dies at 70". The New York Times. 
  9. Varga, George (April 16, 2017). "Allan Holdsworth, internationally celebrated guitar innovator, dead at 70". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Allan Holdsworth at Wikimedia Commons