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Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.77 | 71 ratings

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Jordi Planas
5 stars Forget guitar heroes! Forget prog-rock! Forget fusion or jazz-rock! "Road Games" (as well as "I.O.U.", "Metal Fatigue" or "Secrets") is something DIFFERENT. No one plays guitar like Allan Holdsworth. OK, you may listen to some tapping or guitar-races by other guitar heroes, but Holdsworth has done something really special. His intention when he was young was to play guitar like a saxophone. Well, some of his phrases may sound as John Coltrane, but, I insist, Holdsworth in some of his earlier (and clearly best) works showed music that no one else was doing. Some traces can be found in the first UK and Bruford albums, but Holdsworth went beyond, exploring a new landscape and helped by some fusion musicians. Yes, there is something that relates this music to fusion or jazz-rock, but I believe that one may enjoy this music without beig a jazz fan (although it helps). And vice- versa, a jazz-fan may not like Holdsworth music... Fusion is not even a proper word for this kind of music. In less than 25 minutes "Road Games" takes you to an exciting and wonderful trip full of musicianship (and melody: there are some tracks with vocals), but avoiding some of the "masturbation" that features on a lot of fusion records. Discover a true genius!
Jordi Planas | 5/5 |


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