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Allan Holdsworth

Musician
06 Aug 1946 — 15 Apr 2017
United Kingdom United Kingdom

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Musician Allan Holdsworth

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Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 16 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion. Holdsworth is noted for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and "outside" sound. His unique legato soloing technique stems from his desire to originally play the saxophone, but having been unable to afford one he thus intentionally utilised the guitar in order to make it sound like a different instrument. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company which he endorsed in the 1980s.

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Discography

Studio Album

1975
Album has 4 releases
1979
Album has 3 releases
1981
Album has 2 releases
1984
Album has 8 releases
1985
Album has 3 releases
1986
Album has 2 releases
1987
Album has 2 releases
1988
Album has 4 releases
1991
Album has 2 releases
1993
Album has 2 releases
1996
Album has 2 releases
2000
Album has 2 releases