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Holdsworth Heavy MachineryAnders Johansson, Jens Johansson, Allan Holdsworth – Heavy Machinery (Heptagon)

Allan Holdsworth is an amazing, influential jazz/rock fusion guitarist…guitar’s answer to John Coltrane’s sheets of sound. It seems like he’s cramming every possible combination of notes into his solos over chord changes. Member of many seminal fusion bands – Tony Williams Lifetime, Soft Machine, Gong, Bruford, UK – Holdsworth has been changing the way guitar is played since the early 1970’s.

By the 90’s, the keyboards on Holdsworth’s solo albums were getting a bit too slick. His playing was still advancing, but the synth programming wasn’t. This group effort with the Swedish brothers Johansson – Anders  and Jens – is a bit different in this aspect. Live sounding, unprocessed drums and analog synths, it sounds like it was recorded in the ’70s, when in fact it was released in 1996. Energetic, exciting, brilliant playing by all. There’s lots of rock in this fusion, this is heavy music and still sounds contemporary today.

May 8, 2014 edit: interview with Jens.


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Paolo Angeli plays Fred Frith and Björk (ReR)

The Sardinian guitar is invention by Paolo Angeli. It looks like a guitar, he holds it like a cello. There are pedals to control little hammers that hit the strings and a small motorized propeller taps out time on a string. Angeli plays with a bow or he plays it like a guitar. Usually a one man band, sometimes he sounds like a percussion orchestra, sometimes a free improviser.




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