Allan Holdsworth

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Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946) is a British guitarist and composer. He has released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Holdsworth is noted for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporates a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and "outside" sound. His unique legato soloing technique stems from his desire to originally play the saxophone, but having been unable to afford one he thus intentionally utilised the guitar in order to make it sound like a different instrument. He has also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company which he endorsed in the 1980s.

Holdsworth has been cited as an influence by such renowned rock, metal and jazz guitarists as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Michael Romeo. Frank Zappa once lauded him as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet", 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."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth 4
1980 The Things You See Allan HoldsworthGordon Beck 2
1982 I. O. U. Allan Holdsworth 2
1983 Road Games Allan Holdsworth 2
1985 Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth 7
1986 Atavachron Allan Holdsworth 3
1987 Sand Allan Holdsworth 2
1988 With a Heart in My Song Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck 2
1989 Secrets Allan Holdsworth 2
1992 Wardenclyffe Tower Allan Holdsworth 2
1993 Hard Hat Area Allan Holdsworth 2
1996 None Too Soon Allan Holdsworth 2
2000 The Sixteen Men of Tain Allan Holdsworth 2
2001 Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie Allan Holdsworth 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Best Works Collection Allan Holdsworth 1
2005 Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 I.O.U Live Allan Holdsworth 3 1
2002 All Night Wrong Allan Holdsworth 2
2004 Then! Allan Holdsworth Group 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Things You See / Sunbird Allan Holdsworth 1

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