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Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died on April 16, 2017 of unknown causes. He was 70. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise confirmed the news on Facebook, saying “it is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”

Holdsworth first appeared on a record in 1969 with the group ‘Igginbottom. After ’70s stints in groundbreaking progressive rock and jazz fusion acts such as Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bruford and UK, he released his first official solo album, I.O.U., in 1982. Later in the decade he became an early proponent of a synthesized guitar known as the SynthAxe, and his experimentation with the instrument would define much of his work over the next decade and a half.

“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this [does two-hand tapping], whereas he’ll do it with one hand.” Holdsworth’s 11th and most recent studio album was 2001’s Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie. In 2009 he released the live album Blues for Tony - a tribute to drummer and former bandmate Tony Williams - alongside Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip. Upon hearing of his death, Holdsworth’s guitar playing peers were quick to sing his praises on social media, with Toto‘s Steve Lukather saying he “changed the game” and Peter Frampton describing him as “brilliant, unique.” - ultimateclassicrock

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Tokyo 1994 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan; May 7, 1994. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to jswetch for sharing the show at Dime.

jswetch noted:

This is an excellent sounding soundboard recording. Received it in a long ago trade. Terrific music then and now. Let’s continue to celebrate the vision and output of this great player and writer.
Many thanks to whoever recorded this show originally, and thanks to the trader who made it available to me.

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cd-r trade of a soundboard recording on unknown equipment > EAC disc extraction > TLH Wav to flac formatting > TLH torrent creation

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Track 01. Ruhkuhka 5:57
Track 02. The Things You See 9:22
Track 03. Low Levels, High Stakes 9:45
Track 04. Letters of Marque 4:27
Track 05. Devil Take the Hindmost 9:43
Track 06. Water on the Brain Part 2 3:42
Track 07. Drum Solo 8:43
Track 08. Protocosmos 5:21
Track 09. Postlude/Material Real 8:00
65 mins

Allan Holdsworth - guitar
Skuli Sverrison
- bass
Gary Husband
- drums
Steve Hunt
- keys

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  1. 19 Responses to “ALLAN HOLDSWORTH R.I.P. 1946 - 2017”

  2. DAMN!!!

    By greg on Apr 17, 2017

  3. Thanks big o, the sound quality on this 1 is excellent. RIP allen holdsworth, you were truly great and will be missed.

    By mr henry on Apr 17, 2017

  4. Don’t have the guts hey Smash ? Always knew you were only a teeny sissy hiding behind your mother’s apron and wearing her skirts. Tee hee lil smshie girl

    By Smashing the moron on Apr 18, 2017

  5. These huge nuts bouncing on your chin are truly great and excellent and you will never miss them because they will always continue to bounce

    By Mr Henry Moron on Apr 19, 2017

  6. Very sad that the man has died , but once again why do people call this kind of music Jazz ? It is not Jazz This man like Hack McLaughlin is not that talented and to call them jazz guitarists and Jazz musicians insults true Jazz artists like Montgomery, Monk , Davis , Coltrane etc

    By Smashmouth on Apr 19, 2017

  7. Of course it’s not jazz, he wasn’t black. He wasn’t even american !

    By SmashMoron on Apr 19, 2017

  8. Very true , white people cant play jazz , Blacks are the best Jazz artists, Imagine James Brown trying to sing try to remember or the impossible dream, whites trying to be Jazz artists is just as silly

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  9. Artie, seems you aren`t too familiar with James Brown`s catalog as he didn`t always funk it are just a few cornball songs he did record, there are others..If I ruled the World…Your Cheatin` Heart…What Kind of Fool Am I…Man in the Glass…September Song…get the picture? I isn`t about color man….

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 20, 2017

  10. well sarge it is about colour when your goal is to annoy the other big o patrons..

    By jerrys red shirt on Apr 20, 2017

  11. Imagine Harry Belafonte trying to sing Try to Remember

    By Artie Moron on Apr 20, 2017

  12. Belafonte was a crooner not a jazz singer , like Johnny Mathis

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  13. Look , these guys are talented, just call it what it is , Fusion , not Jazz

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  14. But they are blacks. Like James Brown who was not a jazzman either. Blacks are not supposed to be crooners, it’s white music. That’s your own theory shithead. Oh Corey won’t you just once, be at least coherent in your trolling ? I’m afraid not … MORON !!!

    By Useless piece of shit on Apr 20, 2017

  15. just call it what it is , Fusion , not Jazz

    You’re the only one doing it … MORON !!!

    By Useless piece of shit on Apr 20, 2017

  16. right on rod ,doc doom,there all corey in fact he is the only one who posts here period .A one man comment section

    By Corey is everybody on Apr 21, 2017

  17. These Huge nuts bouncing on your chin are black and blue too

    By Useless piece of shit Moron on Apr 21, 2017

  18. I say DARTH lives

    By Harold on Apr 21, 2017

  19. hes just been playing a game all along to mess with people

    By Harold on Apr 21, 2017

  20. Really fantastic!
    Thanks for this amazing boot!

    By Marcelo Donati on May 4, 2017

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