Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth passed away on 15 April 2017 in California, U.S. He was 70.
Holdsworth was known as a guitarist’s guitarist for his progressive rock and jazz fusion work with bands including Soft Machine, Gong, and U.K.
About Allan Holdsworth
• Born on 6 August 1946, Allan Holdsworth was a British guitarist and composer.
• He released 12 studio albums as a solo artist. His most recent studio album was 2001’s Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie.
• He played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades. But, he was best known for his work in jazz fusion.
• He was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast display of complex chord progressions and intricate solos.
• He has been cited as an influence by such renowned rock, metal and jazz guitarists as Joe Satriani, Shawn Lane, John Petrucci, and others.
• Frank Zappa once lauded Holdsworth as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet."
• Robben Ford has said, "I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don't think anyone can do as much with the guitar as Allan Holdsworth can."