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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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Reseda 1982 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Wolf and Rissmiller’s, Country Club, Reseda, CA; May 11, 1982. Very good soundboard. Slight hiss.

Thanks to glasnostrd19 for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

glasnostrd19 noted:

This may be the most widely circulated Holdsworth show out there (other than with UK in 1978)… I don’t know how circulated this is directly from the master tape, and this is probably as good as it’s ever been circulated.

I’m pretty sure this is the full show from Reseda. The last song was tacked on the same tape as “filler” (and it is a pretty cool jam and nice audience recording) so I left it in here. it’s not one of Allan’s “regular” numbers, but it is from another of his shows a few weeks before this one, and with a fellow he played with about three years earlier for a while. If someone could confirm the titles of tracks 7 and 9, it would be very helpful.

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soundboard > unknown cassette recorder > TDK AD 90 min. master cassette (normal bias) > played on tascam 112 into soundforge (wav) > flac (sb’s aligned)
(last track is from unknown low gen audience tape)

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Track 01. Where Is One 7:41
Track 02. Water On The Brain 2:34
Track 03. The Things You See When You Don’t Have Your Gun 7:51
Track 04. Letters Of Marque 13:03
Track 05. White Line 7:47
Track 06. Prayer 6:04
Track 07. Out From Under/Shallow Sea (possibly drifting into The Attack?) 11:34
Track 08. Checkin’ Out 5:18
Track 09. Was There (Something) (possibly going into Out From Under?) 7:06
Track 10. Hell’s Bell’s Jam (with Jeff Berlin and Eddie Van Halen) 7:04
Roxy, Hollywood, CA; April 24, 1982 (late show)
76 mins

Allan Holdsworth and IOU
Paul Williams: vocals
Allan Holdsworth: guitar
Paul Carmichael: bass
Gary Husband: drums, piano

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  1. 31 Responses to “ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - RESEDA 1982”

  2. RIP allen holdsworth! Another great guitarist and musician gone, this one hurts. Thanks as always big o

    By jerrys red shirt on Apr 17, 2017

  3. A player’s player…

    By Elvislives on Apr 17, 2017

  4. Not specifically music related, but I went there from age 2 in the 1950’s until about mid-70’s. My mother worked there over 20 years. Before it was the Country Club in Reseda, it was a 2 story J.C. Penney’s with a huge stairwell.

    By ScarRad on Apr 17, 2017

  5. So sad and such a loss. I’m sure most of you guys know…but just in case: Years before IOU was Holdsworth’s actual first solo album, “Velvet Darkness” (1976)

    By Dan on Apr 18, 2017

  6. A terrible loss!!!! They broke the mold on this guy!!!!!! One of the most unorthodox, yet totally BRILLIANT guitarists ever!!!!!! They’ll still be studying this guy 200 years from now!!!!!!! A TRUE MUSICIAN!!!!!!

    By JEFF on Apr 18, 2017

  7. Rip holdsworth, won’t be forgotten anytime soon

    By grant on Apr 18, 2017

  8. This is not Jazz, like the Hack McLaughlin, it is some kind of weird mutation of Jazz and insults people like Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk , Miles Davis John Coltrane etc who are true Jazz musicians

    By Smashmouth on Apr 19, 2017

  9. Holdsworth will be remembered as one of the greatest electric guitar players ever, RIP. hey shitmouth why is it so hard for you to understand that jazz in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s was different from jazz in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Much of Holdsworths [and mclaughlins] material could be described as jazz/rock fusion, so bemoaning the lack of a 1950’s style traditional jazz sensibility is just stupid.

    By Rozz on Apr 19, 2017

  10. 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

    This is not Jazz, like the Hack McLaughlin, it is some kind of weird mutation of Jazz and insults people like Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk , Miles Davis John Coltrane etc who are true Jazz musicians

    By Smashmouth on Apr 19, 2017

    Because I’m such a lazy bastard I’m using a tape loop to post my comments. Why is it so hard to understand I’m taking the piss out of you all ?

    By SmashMoron on Apr 19, 2017

  11. What do you expect from someone who uses the name of the favorite band of soccer mom’s everywhere?

    By Adam on Apr 20, 2017

  12. What do you mean ? Once their singer ate 24 eggs in a row, I bet you can’t do the same !

    By Smashmouse on Apr 20, 2017

  13. I stand by my statements, this is not Jazz . If you want to hear great jazz then purchase Miles Davis Kind of Blue , Thelonious Monk , Monks Dream , Wes Montgomery, Incredible Jazz Guitar or John Coltrane, Giant Steps and Love Supreme, all masterpieces by true talented jazz legends , to compare these other people to them is not only stupid but insulting

    By Smashmouth on Apr 20, 2017

  14. Old school Jazz is the only true Jazz

    By Miles , Coltrane, Montgomery, Monk on Apr 20, 2017

  15. I have to agree and disagree at the same time . No this ain’t Jazz like in the old days for sure and should be called something else but they certainly are talented musicians, can’t figure out what kind of music it is though . Also the best Jazz artists are black , just saying

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  16. The same people who are saying the only true jazz is 50s and 60s jazz are the same that used to complain about what’s his name saying that only 70s rock music was any good.

    By Crawphish on Apr 20, 2017

  17. Ain’t sayin it’s not good , it just ain’t Jazz , stop calling it Jazz that’s all , Fusion maybe , mix of metal and jazz just not Real jazz , already said that they were talented

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  18. Who cares what its called, you either like it or you don’t. the real question is why do you keep making the same idiotic arguments [sinatra, monkees, mahavishnu] over and over ad infinitum?

    By jerrys red shirt on Apr 20, 2017

  19. Crawfish, you’ve almost got it straight-the people who are saying the only true jazz is 50s and 60’s jazz are the same people who used to MAKE the posts saying only 70s rock was good.

    By tim jansen on Apr 20, 2017

  20. not only did I do all the mancini posts , tee hee I do most of the comments in general as well tee hee hee

    By EIi on Apr 20, 2017

  21. the same people who used to MAKE the posts saying only 70s rock was good.

    You mean Eli, then, he’s alone when he posts all this crap

    By Black jazz of the 50s = white rock of the 70s on Apr 20, 2017

  22. I’ts great music , I like it , it’s just not Jazz that’s all , call it something else

    By Artie on Apr 20, 2017

  23. Answering it’s not jazz when no one said it was, to begin with, is enough to make my day !

    By Arite Moron Shitmouth on Apr 20, 2017

  24. I do most of the comments in general

    So true

    By Every Corey is Eli on Apr 20, 2017

  25. Right on Rod

    By Corey is everybody on Apr 20, 2017

  26. great, more conspiracy theories from Corey is everybody also known as rod simon and dr doom; altogether they form the jones brigade

    By harry on Apr 21, 2017

  27. Thanks for the Holdsworth and other recent jazz and fusions postings. This is a flawed recording but certainly listenable and better than the previously posted Tokyo concert.

    By zaar locust on Apr 27, 2017

  28. The argument over whether Allan was a jazz musician or what, is pointless. Allan was a fusion player, which is a much broader musical view than “jazz”. Fusion can be anything and any combination of, jazz, rock, country, classical, pop, metal, alternative, electronica - the terms go on and on. Smashmouse is arguing about how many angels can dance on a pinhead..or more to the point, comparing apples and fruit salad!!

    By ultomatt on May 5, 2017

  29. Smashmouth,you have a lot to say about what other’s think and what music they like .How about you tell us what artist and music you like,

    By skinned knees on May 5, 2017

  30. Smashmouth likes Smashmouth, that lameass band from the 90’s, so much he decided to name himself after them. That should tell you everything you need to know about him and how much his musical opinions are worth.

    By Willis on May 5, 2017

  31. Hey, now, they’re a favorite of soccer moms everywhere, dontcha know!

    By Adam on May 5, 2017

  32. Thank YOU

    By Tobbe on Aug 2, 2017

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