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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

Probably the most perfect guitar solo ever laid down in a studio....

http://youtu.be/SU_sdOxvBvk?t=2m34s

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:44 PM

He seems to have died today ?!

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:01 PM

I've just heard that he's died too.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:43 PM

Such sad news. He gave Prog music a whole new dimension with his wonderful guitar work.
First heard him on UK album In The Dead Of Night.
Was blown away by the musicianship of all involved on that album.
Then again on Bruford album One Of A Kind with Jeff Berlin on bass.

What an inspiration to so many guitarists.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:45 PM

Oh no....

My favourite guitarist of all time. I have been a fan since the 80's and had met him. He was a musical genius.
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:56 PM

First heard him on Bruford's Feels Good to Me. I loved Road Games. One of the absolute innovators. Identifiable after two notes. Irreplaceable.
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 08:23 PM

Tragic! He was my harmony-super hero! So sad. This and Chris Squire. Loved his records. Couldn't get into them for a while but when you did... nothing else came close. Non Brewed Condiment a classic, But Sand's Pud Wud probably the best guitar solo ever!?

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:20 PM

I noticed a post earlier on Facebook (from his daughter), announcing this.
It was very sad indeed.

A outstanding musician, who was totally on another level.
Innovator, not only in his playing, but his composing ideas as well.
A musical genius.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:22 PM

No! Thats awful. He was something else with that amazing legato and mad chords.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:26 PM

First came across him on the UK album. Great guitarist.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:27 PM

I've heard his name before but never heard much of his stuff. Any essential albums I should check out?

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:27 PM

View PostBilbo, on 16 April 2017 - 07:56 PM, said:

First heard him on Bruford's Feels Good to Me.

Same here.

A true innovator, he inspired many imitators but nobody came close.

He invented & patented a beer pump too apparently.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 09:28 PM

View PostGarethFlatlands, on 16 April 2017 - 09:27 PM, said:

I've heard his name before but never heard much of his stuff. Any essential albums I should check out?

Road Games.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:23 PM

Check out solo album Velvet Darkness and Gong album Gazeuse ! These feature brilliant work by Allan

First got wind of AH from his '76 album Velvet Darkness, and loved his work. The Gong album Gazeuse ! features more stunning work

I got to see him in the early 80's at a tiny jazz club in Oxford, with 2 unknown local jazzers on DB and drums. He was famous, but didnt mind playing with these locals at all. He was a very humble man.

You could pass him in the street and not know. He looked like a chartered accountant

I'm gutted

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:31 PM

Ah, wtf, have a taste

Gong - Espresso from Gazeuse !!



Floppy Hat from Velvet Darkness



Gattox from Velvet Darkness ( gattox is pisstake of the word gateaux )



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:43 PM

View Postfleabag, on 16 April 2017 - 10:31 PM, said:

Gattox from Velvet Darkness ( gattox is pisstake of the word gateaux )

Thanks for the recommends, I'll give him a listen tomorrow.

As an aside, I wonder if he ever met my dad. He calls our cat the Gatox, a mix of gato (Spanish for cat) and gateaux.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:19 PM

RIP Allan. Truly, a legend of nearly peerless talent. I always wondered how the quiet and unassuming man from Yorkshire developed the most alien, otherworldly music language. I love his music, but his sense of harmony is so wildly advanced I have often struggled to follow the musicality of it, and I'm a paid up fusion-head.

He did alright for someone who never considered his playing to be as good as he wanted it, and didn't really want to play the guitar. I'd say his voice as a guitarist is the most identifiable out there. He was a magician.
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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:19 PM

Very sad news indeed. Truly a great musician able to devise and play the impossible. Condolences to his family.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 06:34 AM

View PostChris2112, on 16 April 2017 - 11:19 PM, said:

He did alright for someone who never considered his playing to be as good as he wanted it, and didn't really want to play the guitar. I'd say his voice as a guitarist is the most identifiable out there. He was a magician.

I guess it was in striving for that which he didn't find that he found what he did.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:05 AM

Judge him by the company he kept basswise - I've got:

Alphonso Johnson
Paul Carmichael
John Wetton
Jack Bruce
Ernest Tibbs
Gary Willis
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Jimmy Johnson
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:32 AM

View Postvisog, on 17 April 2017 - 08:05 AM, said:

Judge him by the company he kept basswise - I've got:

Alphonso Johnson
Paul Carmichael
John Wetton
Jack Bruce
Ernest Tibbs
Gary Willis
Jeff Berlin
Jimmy Johnson
Skuli Sverrison
Anthony Crawford
Jimmy Haslip
Evan Marien
He's also played with Level 42 (probably Gary Husband's influence there...) on 1991's Guaranteed album. Played live with them the year before at their 15 night run at the Hammersmith Odeon (as it was then) which is where I first heard him.
Big loss. RIP.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:48 AM

I first saw him on Old Grey Whistle Test when they played a film clip with Soft Machine, which absolutely blew my mind as a young guitar player.
I've previously posted his solo from In the Dead of Night off UKs first album as a favourite. The phrasing and note choices are just sublime, and you know no one else could have come up with that.
I've chatted with him at a tiny free form jazz gig at Sussex Uni (79?), nice chap with no airs and graces.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:31 AM

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He's also played with Level 42 (probably Gary Husband's influence there...) on 1991's Guaranteed album. Played live with them the year before at their 15 night run at the Hammersmith Odeon (as it was then) which is where I first heard him.
Big loss. RIP.

I always thought it was funny that he had been with Level 42 for a period. Top player. His solo on the outro of 'if you were mine' is just masterful. It has all some really 'Holdsworth' moves in it, which I loved. He really brought his musical personality wherever he went. His stuff with Berlin and Bruford was top too.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:45 AM

View PostChris2112, on 17 April 2017 - 09:31 AM, said:

I always thought it was funny that he had been with Level 42 for a period. Top player. His solo on the outro of 'if you were mine' is just masterful. It has all some really 'Holdsworth' moves in it, which I loved. He really brought his musical personality wherever he went. His stuff with Berlin and Bruford was top too.

Apparently Mark King was a big fan of Holdsworth & offered him the Level 42 gig to help him out financially.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:10 AM

Just listened to a track I'd never heard before (Pud Wud) and suddenly found tears streaming down my face. Sometimes, music acts on very deep emotions in the ol' brainium. Came as quite a surprise to me, and even more so to my wife sitting next to me.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:41 AM

RIP. A sad loss to the guitar world.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:30 PM

One of my favourite guitarists. I hoped to see him play again. Alas.... :(

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:33 PM

My favourite guitarist and a true pioneer of the instrument. Very, very sad that he is no longer with us.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:36 PM

View PostGarethFlatlands, on 16 April 2017 - 10:43 PM, said:

Thanks for the recommends, I'll give him a listen tomorrow.

As an aside, I wonder if he ever met my dad. He calls our cat the Gatox, a mix of gato (Spanish for cat) and gateaux.

It's from an old joke - a man in a restaurant asks if he can have Gattox for dessert. When the waiter tells him they don't have any the man says "Oh Bollo".
I didn't say it was a GOOD old joke... :D





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