In the fall of 2006, the extraordinary jazz-rock-fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth reunited with the great keyboardist Alan Pasqa, to honor the memory of the legendary jazz-fusion drummer Tony Williams, with whom they both played in Williams’ band Lifetime. They invited two well established jazz musicians, Jimmy Haslip on bass and Chad Wackerman on drums, for a series of successful concerts in Europe, Japan and the USA. Jimmy Haslip also plays for veteran jazz fusion quartet The Yellowjackets. Chad Wackerman has played drums with Frank Zappa for several years before becoming a sought after session drummer and releasing several solo albums. Keyboardist Alan Pasqua, the New England Conservatory graduate, has played with Bob Dylan and also teaches music. Holdworth, is widely considered to be one of the finest instrumentalists in jazz-rock- fusion. Blues for Tony brings four masters of their instruments together for an exciting set that may have started with a tribute in mind, but quickly turned into something much more. Fusion at its best, it combines all the prerequisite energy and virtuosity with a deeper language and freer approach, as Holdsworth, Pasqua, Haslip and Wackerman deliver the goods.
Allan Holdsworth/Alan Pasqua Band with Jimmy Haslip and Chad Wackerman this Wednesady February 3rd, 7PM at the Iron Horse. Get tickets here.