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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The British guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth died Sunday at his home in Vista, California, his daughter announced on Facebook. He was 70. Guitar Player just reviewed his latest box set in the May 2017 issue, where music critic Michael Molenda wrote, "Holdsworth's astonishing technique, unbridled creativity, iridescent tone, dynamic touch, exquisite taste, and expansive melodic strategies have absolutely changed guitarcraft for any player aspiring beyond his or her first barre chord." Holdsworth was cited as an influence by many guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tom Morello. He created and marketed several guitars such as the HH2 and also was a cask ale aficionado who invented his own beer pump, the FizzBuster.

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RIP Allan, and THANK YOU.

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#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-17 01:02 AM | Reply

The progenitor of Prog.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-17 02:28 AM | Reply

Wow. Holdsworth was amazing.

Here's what Bill Bruford called "92 seconds of liquid gold", from UK's "In the Dead of Night".

#3 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-04-17 12:02 PM | Reply

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one of the greatest musicians of the 20th and 21st century.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-17 07:24 PM | Reply

combining the sounds of rock with the jazz improvisational skill of Coltrane over the harmonic expanse of classical composition.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-17 07:28 PM | Reply

The man was a phenomenal guitarist. However, I was always disappointed by the songs with vocals. His vocalists were awful, IMHO.

#6 | Posted by anton at 2017-04-18 11:49 AM | Reply

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