Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth

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Allan Holdsworth
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Born 6th August, 1946, Allan Holdsworth is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in jazz fusion.
After recording with a number of bands throughout the seventies his first solo album was released - against his will - in 1976 ("Velvet Darkness"). The first solo album over which he had full artistic control ("I.O.U.") was released in 1982.
He has been inducted into Guitar Player Magazines hall of fame and is a five-time winner of the magazines reader's poll. He was also featured in Musician Magazines 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
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Allan Holdsworth Discography

Albums

CTI 6068 Allan Holdsworth Velvet Darkness (Album) CTI Records CTI 6068 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
VS 025 John Stevens (2) / Allan Holdsworth / Jeff Young (9) / Barry Guy / Ron Mathewson John Stevens (2) / Allan Holdsworth / Jeff Young (9) / Barry Guy / Ron Mathewson - Re Touch (Album) View Records VS 025 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
JMS 09 Allan Holdsworth - Gordon Beck Allan Holdsworth - Gordon Beck - The Things You See (Album) Disques JMS JMS 09 France 1980 Sell This Version
VS 0010 Gordon Beck / Alan Holdsworth* / Jeff Clyne / John Stevens (2) Gordon Beck / Alan Holdsworth* / Jeff Clyne / John Stevens (2) - Conversation Piece - Part 1 & 2 (Album) View VS 0010 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
AH-100 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. (Album) Not On Label AH-100 US 1982 Sell This Version
9 23959-1 B Allan Holdsworth Road Games (MiniAlbum, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 23959-1 B US 1983 Sell This Version
72002-4 Allan Holdsworth With I.O.U. (3) Allan Holdsworth With I.O.U. (3) - Metal Fatigue (Album) Enigma Records (3) 72002-4 US 1985 Sell This Version
P-13248 Allan Holdsworth Atavachron (Album) CREAM Records (3), JMS P-13248 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
VDP-1218 Allan Holdsworth Sand (Album) Relativity VDP-1218 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
JMS 044 Allan Holdsworth - Gordon Beck Allan Holdsworth - Gordon Beck - With A Heart In My Song (Album) JMS. JMS 044 France 1988 Sell This Version
7 73328-1 Allan Holdsworth Secrets (Album) Restless Records, Intima Records 7 73328-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
TC 40302 MVP (5) Featuring Frank Gambale / Allan Holdsworth MVP (5) Featuring Frank Gambale / Allan Holdsworth - Truth In Shredding(CD, Album) Tone Center TC 40302 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
7 72537-2 Allan Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower (Album) Restless Records 7 72537-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
CR 330-2 Allan Holdsworth Hard Hat Area (Album) CREAM Records (3) CR 330-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
REHBK005CD, PP 1564 Allan Holdsworth Just For The Curious(CD) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records REHBK005CD, PP 1564 US 1993 Sell This Version
CR 400-2, JMS 18687 - 2 Allan Holdsworth None Too Soon (Album) Cream Records (3), JMS CR 400-2, JMS 18687 - 2 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CLP 9970-2 Allan Holdsworth I. O. U. Live (Album) Outer Music CLP 9970-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
HECD-011 Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson And Allan Holdsworth Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson And Allan Holdsworth - Heavy Machinery (Album) Shrapnel Records HECD-011 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
POCP-7443 Allan Holdsworth The Sixteen Men Of Tain (Album) CREAM Records (3) POCP-7443 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
GGCD2 44808 Allan Holdsworth The Sixteen Men Of Tain(CD, Album) Gnarly Geezer Records GGCD2 44808 US 2000 Sell This Version
none Allan Holdsworth Flat Tire (Music For A Non-Existing Movie) (Album) Megazoidal Records none US 2001 Sell This Version
XSCP 3 Allan Holdsworth All Night Wrong (Album) Columbia XSCP 3 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
FCCD 17029385 Allan Holdsworth Hard hat area/Metal fatigue(CD, Album) 2000 FruitGum Corp. FCCD 17029385 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
AL 1038-2 Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, John Stevens (2) Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, John Stevens (2) - Propensity(CD, MiniAlbum) Art Of Life Records AL 1038-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
MJR029 Holdsworth*, Pasqua*, Haslip*, Wackerman* Holdsworth*, Pasqua*, Haslip*, Wackerman* - Blues For Tony(2xCD, Album, Car) Moonjune Records MJR029 US 2009 Sell This Version

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September 30, 2007
Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded as the most sophisticated and expressive Jazz/Rock/Fusion guitarists of all time, and rightly so, given the influence he has had over so many modern guitar players. From Eddie Van Halen to Joe Satriani to Shawn Lane to John MacLaughlin, too many of the greatest modern guitar players to list, all have cited Holdsworth as a major influence and inspiration in their craft. Holdsworth is an innovator who dreams up fiendish and delightful chord progressions and melodies, and then proceeds to improvise over these ethereal and outlandish changes in a way which lets you know that he is actually completely omniscient regarding all of the formulations and permutations of notes at his disposal. The notes he chooses to play come at you from angles which constantly surprise and delight your ears, mind and heart. His technical prowess is simply astounding - his greatest technical achievement is to fool you into thinking that what he does is anything less than impossible by way of inflecting and articulating his playing as if it's easy (for him).

Holdsworth also pioneered and championed the use of the synth-axe - a guitar like instrument which is actually an extremely sophisticated midi synth controller. This instrument allowed Holdsworth to explore the sounds he was originally drawn to make, those of the wind instruments, especially the saxophone. He was aided in this endeavour by the use of a breath midi controller, and the ability to manipulate notes with the synth-axe in ways which are impossible, or near to impossible, on a normal guitar. Unfortunately, the synth-axe is no longer being produced or serviced, however this means that Holdsworth has returned to the guitar, and continues to explode the boundaries of the possible and the conceivable, not just for the guitar, but for modern music.

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