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Claude Debussy mediumBill Frisell – Before We Were Born
Anthony Braxton – Trio & Duet
Anthony Braxton – Nine Duets (1993)
Anthony Braxton – Creative Music Orchestra (Koln) 1978
Anthony Braxton – Composition No. 165 (for 18 Instruments)
The Microscopic Qt – Lobster Leaps In
John Stevens with Allan Holdsworth – Re-Touch
Levin Torn White
Ran Blake – Suffield Gothic
Ran Blake – Short Life of Barbara Monk
Ran Blake – Grey December, Live in Rome
Konrad Ragossnig – Lute Music of the Renaissance
Andrew Hill – Change
Julia Hulsman – Sooner & Later
John Clark – Faces
Sam Rivers – Streams
Tempest – Tempest
Paul Motian – Psalm
Don Thompson Quartet – Winter Mist
Cecil Taylor – Berlin Jazztage 1969 with Sam Rivers and Jimmy Lyons
Sam Rivers – an Evening in Hamburg 1979
Roger Powell – Cosmic Furnace
ScoLoHoFo – Oh!
Frank Zappa – Meat Light: The ‘Uncle Meat’ Project/Object Audio Documentary

13903299_10208773200900449_850516844019938816_nAfternoon, Easter Sunday 2017…I’m sitting at my desk scrolling through Facebook and I see a nice photo of Allan Holdsworth sitting on the floor with his two daughters and a granddaughter, holding his guitars. Sweet, then I’m totally shocked to find Louise Holdsworth letting us know Allan passed away, only 70.

Like many other guitarists of my generation, when I first heard Allan, I knew he was different. He redefined what a guitar sounded like, magic chords shimmering with electricity and solo lines snaking away from already ambiguous harmony.

One post high school week, both the Bruford and UK albums showed up at the local record store and since I was keeping track of Bill Bruford’s band hopping after leaving both Yes and King Crimson…these were mandatory purchases.  Holdsworth’s fast lines were already legend to some, but suburban David hadn’t heard them yet…this was outta sight, guitar far removed from the blues rock of my early teen years. Eventually I became familiar with his earlier music, appearances  on albums by Tony Williams, Soft Machine and others.

Eventually the new IOU album with it’s black cover also showed up and introduced us to another new sound, his fresh intuitive harmony…many of his chords a stretch from what most guitarists could reach. I’d never heard anything like it before.

By the time I got to hear the Bruford band in Asbury Park at the Fast Lane, Holdsworth was outta the group, replaced by John Clark. Finally I caught Allan at the Bottom Line, NYC. He was talking to someone in front of the stage before the show, so I shook his hand and asked for an autograph. His hand was shaking, possibly nerves. The next time I heard him in NY, the applause was so loud, the band couldn’t hear themselves…lost their groove for a few moments during the opening composition.

One band I caught at the Ritz, NYC featured Allan with Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker and Steve Smith, apparently an unrecorded supergroup. Another time at Rutgers, with a Q&A before the show…students asking silly questions, Allan showing off his Synthaxe.

In the early ’90s, I was running around the NAMM show in Anaheim, Ca, taking care of business and noticed Allan sitting at the Carvin booth, signing autographs. I’m sorry I couldn’t stop and chat, even though he couldn’t have possibly remembered me.

A radical, brilliant, humble musician passing away far before his time.

Berlin, Stewart, Bruford and Holdsworth

The ultimate progrock band, Bruford: Jeff Berlin, Dave Stewart, Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth.

17799110_10155280269836600_3758770651836415942_nJakob Bro – December Song
Jakob Bro – Gefion
Terje Rypdal – Blue
Double Image – Dawn
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John Surman Trio – Hamburg, Ger. 1975-06-08
Dominic Miller – First Touch
Eddie Jobson – Theme of Secrets
Yes – Progeny: Highlights from Seventy Two
Yes – Yes
Jacques Loussier Trio – Bach: the Brandenburgs
Evan Parker – Monoceros
Sam Rivers – Hues
Power Tools – Strange Meeting
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