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RIP Allan Holdsworth
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:15:52 AM »
Just heard the news from his daughter's post on FB. :(

Must have been very sudden.

An amazing musician who leaves a wealth of music for the rest of us to try and figure out someday.

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 10:53:10 AM »
RIP  :(
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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 11:16:46 AM »
Too sad.  He was way too young.
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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 01:22:42 PM »
RIP  :(

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 10:59:47 PM »
Allan and his music meant more to me than I can really put into words. I must have seen Allan in concert 30 times through the years and have heard every recording he has ever made, starting from Igginbottom's Wrench from the very beginning onward and of course every live recording I could get my hands on.

You could pick and mine just about any aspect of Allan for a long time and many musicians did. Whether it was his approach to sound both for lead and clean sounds, volume swells, vibrato, whammy bar, smooth gain before anyone really knew how to do that, legato technique, his harmonic vocabulary for chords, his lines which are instantly identifiable as his own vocabulary or his compositions with their bittersweet harmonies and idiosyncratic moves.

The man was such a giant and I have a couple of anecdotes which illustrate the regard in which he was held by some master musicians with whom the subject of Allan came up.

Many years ago, when studying with Joe Diorio, who is a man who knows his way around advanced harmony, someone brought in a live recording of Allan for Joe to hear (which was significant in and of itself because this was the only time I ever saw Joe listen to anything). Joe listened to the piece which was an outrageously gorgeous piece and solo from Allan which went on as Allan seemed to be trying out every possibility he could think of to address his composition. It was so intense and Joe sat there staring into the sky as he listened. When it was over, he sat there in silence for what seemed like an eternity.

He lifted his head up and slowly said the following: Allan...is like an enormous jewel that you have found and you try to pick it up but it is just too heavy for you. So you leave the jewel in the room where you found it and return from time to time to gaze at its intense beauty.


The second anecdote involves the incredible saxophonist Dave Liebman who has literally written the book on advanced harmony. I had been speaking to his guitarist Vic Juris (a fantastic player as well) and the subject of Allan came up. Dave was within earshot and heard Allan's name and excitedly came over and told us a story.

Dave and Michael Brecker, who is for many the greatest saxophonist of his generation (along with Dave) and a player whom Allan adored, were at a festival in Israel and Allan was playing so Dave and Mike went to the show together to check it out. I couldn't have been more curious to hear someone's thoughts on a show than I was at that moment given Dave and Brecker's own harmonic and improvisational genius. Liebman for years has been the go to guy in advanced jazz in such matters, as was Brecker when he was alive in many respects.

Dave told me they sat in silence for the entire set until Dave turned to Mike and asked, do you have any idea what you just heard or how he is doing what he is doing? Mike said no, do you?

Dave said no and they sat there together awestruck in silence again trying to collect themselves and piece it together and then spoke to Allan afterwards and told him what Dave had just related to me.

Cheers to you Allan Holdsworth for illuminating our world in the time you passed among us.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2017, 11:07:31 PM by tribalfusion »

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 04:46:15 PM »
Cool stories.

Steve Hunt posted one today that also involved Michael Brecker. They(AH and MB) were both part of an all-star band gig at some fest, and each guy brought a tune in. AH brought Funnels. They didn't end up doing it, but Brecker really wanted to make a run at it, apparently.
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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 09:18:36 AM »
That solo piano rendition of Funnels that he posted on Easter was pretty moving.

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 05:20:26 AM »
http://ew.com/music/2017/04/21/allan-holdsworth-dead-fans-fund-funeral/

 :(

They should have kept the page going and saved the money for every other musician who doesn't plan on ever dying.

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2017, 10:12:40 AM »
Richie Hallebeek has recorded a tribute to Allan for his new album. Video on his FB page

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Re: RIP Allan Holdsworth
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2017, 12:04:19 PM »
Richie Hallebeek has recorded a tribute to Allan for his new album. Video on his FB page

Nice.
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