Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TONIGHT-Progressive rock, jazz, fusion guitar legend Allan Holdsworth at the Iron Horse tonight, Wednesday, April 29th at 7PM

Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded by fans and contemporary musicians as one of the 20th century's most prominent guitarists. The sounds of Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Rainey, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass , Eric Clapton, and John Coltrane were among this English musician's early inspirations when he began to work professionally as a musician in his early twenties. He's played in Soft Machine, Gong, U.K., and many others. A few albums he was a part of are pictured and the group shot is of Soft Machine. He's 2nd from the left. He is one of a handful of musicians who has consistently proven himself as an innovator in between and within the worlds of rock and jazz music.

Many of music's best-known instrumental masters cite Holdsworth as that rare and shining voice—a legendary player who continues to push the outer limits of instrumental technique and the electric guitar's range of tonal and textural possibilities. Particularly during the 90s, Holdsworth has
enjoyed the recognition so many musicians strongly feel he deserves, given that he has developed his career outside the big label mainstream and has consistently produced his own recordings with complete creative control since the mid-80s. Despite the uncompromising nature of Holdsworth's predominantly genre-defying solo projects, he's no stranger to all-star jazz festival line-ups or large venue rock audiences. Musician Magazine placed Holdsworth near the top of their “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” An inductee of Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame, Holdsworth is a five-time winner in their readers' poll. The prog supergroup U.K. was a career highlight, with Holdsworth and members of Yes, Roxy Music, and King Crimson.

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