Allan Holdsworth has died. He was 70. A great guitarist and composer and if he wasn’t your favourite guitar player there’s every chance that many of your favourite guitarists looked to Holdsworth or took something from his sound and approach. A wizard. A hero to the shredders, a guy who took jazz in new directions – a player of technique, talent and taste.
There are over a dozen albums across the last 40 years that will tell you all you need to know and more.
As well as being a composer and band leader, Holdsworth recorded and toured as part of line-ups helmed by Tony Williams, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Bruford. He was on deck for a couple of Soft Machine records, and made appearances on albums by Stanley Clarke, Chad Wackerman and Level 42.
His unique phrasing, his liquid tone, his total approach…
Sad news today. Holdsworth truly was one of the greats.