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The 4.15 Bradford Executive
by guitar soloist Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth (1946 to 2017) was an English guitarist and composer. Allan Holdsworth was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on August 6th 1946. Raised by grandparents, he was given his first guitar at the age of 17 by his professional 'jazz' pianist grandfather Sam, who also provided his initial music tuition. His professional career began when he joined the 'Glen South Band', which performed at "Mecca" clubs across Northern England. He first recorded in 1969 with the band ''Igginbottom', on their only album release, "'Igginbottom's Wrench", and in 1971 joined 'Sunship', an 'improv' band featuring keyboardist Alan Gowen and bassist Laurie Baker, as well as future 'King Crimson' percussionist Jamie Muir. They played 'live' but never got the chance to release any recorded material. Next came a brief stint with 'jazz rock' band 'Nucleus', who Holdsworth played with on their 1972 album, "Belladonna" (likewise, with 'progressive rock' band 'Tempest' on their self-titled first studio album in 1973). Progressing to collaborate with a plethora of well-known artists and groups, he eventually became better-known in the business for his more specialized advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos. He constructed myriad scale forms, often derived from those such as the 'diminished', 'augmented', 'whole tone', 'chromatic' and 'altered' scales (among others). His 'legato' soloing technique had stemmed from his original frustrated desire to play the saxophone (he had been unable to afford one); instead, he used the guitar to create similarly smooth lines of notes. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the "SynthAxe" (a company he personally endorsed during the 1980s). He was often cited as a major influence by a host of 'rock', 'metal' and 'jazz' guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Romeo, Ty Tabor and Tom Morello. Allan Holdsworth died from a heart attack at his home in Vista, California, on April 15th 2017, aged 70.
Posted: 27th May 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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