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    Posted: April 28 2012 at 23:50
Both are fantastic guitarists. My vote goes to the Mahavishnu man.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 00:40
John, but mainly for his playing with Miles Davis and thems all
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 01:26
both are great. but have to give McLaughlin the credit, he was groundbreaking, a major force in creating the JRF
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 02:00
Close, but Holdy for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 07:09
McLaughlin, for his work in Mahavishnu Orchestra.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 07:25
The Shakti Man.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 08:22
Holdsworth is one of my favourite player. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 09:47
Two astonishing players, but I just prefer Holdsworth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 10:02
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Two astonishing players, but I just prefer Holdsworth.

Precisely!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 10:39
I prefer Holdsworth. His playing sounds more "musical" to me, if that makes any sense.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 10:52
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 11:13
Both are awesome.

I'll go for McLaughlin since his work with Shakti has stunned me completely.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 11:33
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

John, but mainly for his playing with Miles Davis and thems all

As much as I love Mahavishnu, his work with Miles and Shakti can't be ignored. I love his stuff on In A Silent Way and A Tribute To Jack just as much as Birds, Visions, Inner Mounting Flame, etc. I've just recently delved into the Shakti discography and all I can say is that is it truly other worldly. Just really relaxing, spiritual music - phenomenal.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 11:49
I absolutely love his playing with Soft Machine, Gong, UK and Bruford, so my vote goes to Holdsworth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 12:29
McLaughlin. His work with Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia is awesome. Friday Night in San Francisco is a jazz favorite of mine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 13:39
Two of the absolute best.  I think Holdsworth has the better technique, the most identifiable style, the more complex musical tonalities, but his adherence to electric and synthetic abstractions makes a lot of his music sound the same.  McLalughlin is more conventional but also more flexible in what he plays - he has offered us a wider diversity of sounds and styles.  I will choose based on the most recent albums I have purchased by these two giants: McLauhglin's Que Allegria is mostly acoustic.  The music runs from contemplative to high energy, from straight jazz to flamenco, and he is one of the few that can convincingly wail on an acoustic.  I like this album a lot.  On the other hand, Holdsworth's Sixteen Men of Tain has proven a disappointment.  I really cannot tell one track from the other, most of what he does on it he has done countless times before and for once I will accuse him of merely noodling.  The vote goes to St. John.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 15:31
I think DiMeola could be holding his ground in this poll as well. 
I'd prolly vote for him.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 16:52
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 17:14
Actually, they are both gods, because they are both Yorkshiremen!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2012 at 22:16
Originally posted by Progosopher Progosopher wrote:

Two of the absolute best.  I think Holdsworth has the better technique, the most identifiable style, the more complex musical tonalities, but his adherence to electric and synthetic abstractions makes a lot of his music sound the same.  McLalughlin is more conventional but also more flexible in what he plays - he has offered us a wider diversity of sounds and styles.  I will choose based on the most recent albums I have purchased by these two giants: McLauhglin's Que Allegria is mostly acoustic.  The music runs from contemplative to high energy, from straight jazz to flamenco, and he is one of the few that can convincingly wail on an acoustic.  I like this album a lot.  On the other hand, Holdsworth's Sixteen Men of Tain has proven a disappointment.  I really cannot tell one track from the other, most of what he does on it he has done countless times before and for once I will accuse him of merely noodling.  The vote goes to St. John.

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