Extract from conversation with Richard Hallebeek 11th May ’96)
|“I play almost constantly, but it’s something organic, I don’t have a schedule or something. I play when I feel like it. My major hobby is cycling. The advantage of California over England is that the weather is good here throughout the year and I can always go out if I feel like it….”
Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.
Influence and reception Holdsworth was a highly influential guitarist among advanced guitarists and was considered of the most technically accomplished and most unusual players. According to Guitar World magazine he is “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen“.
However, Holdsworth remained “not well known outside musicians’ circles”, and musically, even by guitarists, he has been criticized for not being musical enough and being too technical for the average listener. Holdsworth himself understood that his music does not gel with the majority of people and has said “I don’t think everybody would like it, for sure. But if people got to hear it, if even 20% liked it, I would be really happy with that.”