ALLAN HOLDSWORTH: A uniquely influential talent
Remembering a reluctant guitar ‘god’ By Eric harabadian
The impact of guitarist Allan Holdsworth’s long career is difficult to overestimate. His influence on jazz and rock players of various stripes was ubiquitous, touching the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, John McLaughlin,Carlos Santana and countless others. Frank Zappa once lauded Holdsworth as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet,” while progressive bluesman Robben Ford remarked, “I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of guitar.”
With Allan’s sudden passing on Saturday, Apr. 15 at age 70 from cardiac arrest, the global music family lost yet another creative genius. It came totally
out of the blue. Like many, this writer learned the shocking news online, specifically via Facebook. The public outpouring of sorrow and tributes that subsequent Easter morning tumbled like an avalanche from all quarters.
A welcome source of information (and commiseration) was Allan’s New York-based publicist, Anne Leighton. A few weeks earlier she had promoted a 12-CD boxed set of his re-mastered solo catalog, accompanied by a booklet and double-disc compilation called The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever (Manifesto Records).
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