Get this crazy baby off my head!


Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth - All Night Wrong - 2002 - Columbia

"Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery in fact most of the great guitar players; I loved them all. The newer guys: John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale... They're all amazing with very different musical personalities. Of course there's Michael Brecker and Keith Jarrett, but they don't play the guitar (thank God!). I think I've been influenced by all instruments. I was influenced a lot by horn players, from Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane on to Michael Brecker. There's many, many more that you could fill this whole page with people that have brought great gifts to the world of music." - Allan Holdsworth on his influences

Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth often performs with his peers. Such is the case with this live setting recorded at a venue in Japan during a 2002 tour. On this release, the guitarist leads a trio featuring longtime musical associates, drummer Chad Wackerman, and bassist Jimmy Johnson. To that end, the respective musicians' talents are well-known entities. Wackerman and Johnson can handle the trickiest time signatures imaginable. Along with the nimble flexibilities and odd-metered excursions witnessed here, they exude a force of power that serves as a meaty foundation for Holdsworth's mighty licks. A wonderfully recorded album, Holdsworth's climactically driven legato-based riffs are intact, as he also implements jazzy chord voicings and delicately stated fabrics of sound. But the trio raises the ante throughout many of these pieces, awash with moments of nuance and controlled firepower. In sum, Holdsworth's legion of followers should be pleased with a recording that should rank among his finest efforts to date. © Glenn Astarita © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/r611840

The brilliant guitarist, Allan Holdsworth was a member of the great Canterbury progressive jazz rock bands Soft Machine and Gong. He has also played with greats like Ian Carr's Nucleus, Tony William's Lifetime, UK, Jean Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford, and Level 42. He has influenced countless others, including musicians like Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Alex Lifeson and Steve Vai, but as as a solo artist he has also recorded some incredible albums like "Metal Fatigue" and "With a Heart in My Song". This is the first official live album by Allan recorded at one of Japan's foremost jazz venues, the Roppongi's Pit Inn, Tokyo on May 5th, 2002. The tracks were recorded live direct to two channels, and the sq is very good. Allan is capable of some jaw dropping pyrotechnics, crazy legato runs, bends, slurs and inventive melodies, and is in a league of his own as one of the all-time greats of fusion guitar. There are no keyboards or horns on this album, but you won't miss them. Allan's fretboard mastery is engrossing, and drummer Chad Wackerman, and bassist Jimmy Johnson complements Allan's complex guitar work beautifully. Several of the tunes are old favourites with new arrangements. "Water On The Brain" is a superb example of this. Jazz fusion doesn't get much better than this and the album is VHR by A.O.O.F.C. Listen to Allan's "I.O.U" and "Secrets" albums, and Chad Wackerman's "Forty Reasons" album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 127 Mb]


1. Lanyard Loop 5:46
2. The Things You See 6:53
3. Alphrazallan 7:04
4. Funnels 5:01
5. Zone 9:19
6. Water on the Brain Pt.II 5:30
7. Above & Below 8:21
8. Gas Lamp Blues 7:59

All songs written and composed by Allan Holdsworth, except "Zone" by Holdsworth, Steve Hunt, Gary Husband, & Jimmy Johnson


Allan Holdsworth – Guitar
Jimmy Johnson – Bass
Chad Wackerman – Drums


Guitarist Allan Holdsworth is widely considered to be one of the finest instrumentalists in all of jazz fusion, yet has never truly received the recognition that he so rightfully deserves. Born on August 6, 1946, in Bradford, Yorkshire, Holdsworth was originally taught music by his father, who was a pianist. Holdsworth didn't pick up the guitar until he was 17 years old, but learned the instrument quickly. After playing in local outfits (and learning the violin), Holdsworth relocated to London, where he was taken under the wing of saxophonist Ray Warleigh. By 1972, Holdsworth had joined progressive rockers Tempest, appearing on the group's self-titled debut a year later before joining Soft Machine in December 1973 -- and radically changing the latter outfit's sound to guitar-based fusion in the process. U.S. drummer Tony Williams discovered Holdsworth around this time, which led to an invite for the up-and-coming guitarist to replace John McLaughlin in Williams' Lifetime project -- Holdsworth abruptly left Soft Machine in March of 1975, subsequently appearing on the Williams recordings Believe It and Million Dollar Legs. But Holdsworth's union with Williams was a brief one, as the guitarist joined up with French-English prog rockers Gong for such albums as 1976's Gazeuse! (released as Expresso in the U.S.) and 1978's Expresso II, in addition to guesting on recordings by Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford, Gordon Beck, Jack Bruce, and UK. Also in the late '70s, Holdsworth launched a solo career, which over the years has seen the release of nearly 20 albums (a few standouts include 1983's Road Games, 1985's Metal Fatigue, 1994's Hard Hat Area, and 2000's The Sixteen Men of Tain), as the guitarist has been joined by such acclaimed musicians as Paul Williams (a former bandmate of Holdsworth's in Tempest), Gary Husband, Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Hunt, and Alan Pasqua, among others. In the mid-'80s, Holdsworth was one of the first musicians to use a Synthaxe, a guitar that contained a breath controller that proved to be a cross between a synthesizer, guitar, and saxophone (Holdsworth was awarded Best Guitar Synthesist from 1989 through 1994 in the readers' poll of Guitar Player magazine). In the '90s, Holdsworth also created his own signature guitar model with the Carvin company. In the mid-'90s, Holdsworth briefly shifted away from his fusion originals and recorded an album with longtime musical partner Gordon Beck that dipped into jazz standards. The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000) marked another shift, in that it was the first Holdsworth release to feature an all-acoustic rhythm section. This was followed in 2002 by All Night Wrong, his first official live release. Then! Live in Tokyo was next, featuring Holdsworth's 1990 live band, which was followed by Against the Clock, a career retrospective, in 2005. © Greg Prato © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/allan-holdsworth-p6754/biography


A.O.O.F.C said...


p/w if needed is aoofc

ratso said...

...thanks for this one Mr Fingal. I have far too little of this man's work. I especially like his albums with Gong, UK and Bruford.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,ratso! The guy's a genius. Gong are great with a huge musical output. Real music. TVM & TTU soon...P