|Allan Holdsworth ♦ All Night Wrong (2002)|
Allan Holdsworth ♦ All Night Wrong
Born: 6 August 1946, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Genres: Jazz fusion, jazz, instrumental rock, progressive rock
Occupations: Musician, composer, producer
Instruments: Guitar, SynthAxe
Location: California, USA
Album release: May 5, 2002
Recorded: May 5, 2002 at Roppongi Pit Inn in Tokyo, Japan
Record Label: Sony
1. Lanyard Loop (5:46)
2. The Things You See (6:53)
3. Alphrazallan (7:04)
4. Funnels (5:01)
5. Zone (9:19) / (Holdsworth, Steve Hunt, Gary Husband, Jimmy Johnson)
6. Water On The Brain Pt. II (5:30)
7. Above & Below (8:21)
8. Gas Lamp Blues (7:59)
All songs written and composed by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.
◊ All Night Wrong is the first official live album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 2002 through Sony Music Entertainment Japan (Japan) and in 2003 through Favored Nations Entertainment (North America).
◊ Allan Holdsworth (guitar)
◊ Jimmy Johnson (bass)
◊ Chad Wackerman (drums)
Recorded live at Roppongi Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan on May 5, 2002.
Review by Glenn Astarita (Allmusic.com)
◊ Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth often performs with his peers. Such is the case with this live setting recorded at a venue in Japan during a 2002 tour. On this release, the guitarist leads a trio featuring longtime musical associates, drummer Chad Wackerman, and bassist Jimmy Johnson. To that end, the respective musicians' talents are well-known entities. Wackerman and Johnson can handle the trickiest time signatures imaginable. Along with the nimble flexibilities and odd-metered excursions witnessed here, they exude a force of power that serves as a meaty foundation for Holdsworth's mighty licks.
◊ A wonderfully recorded album, Holdsworth's climactically driven legato-based riffs are intact, as he also implements jazzy chord voicings and delicately stated fabrics of sound. But the trio raises the ante throughout many of these pieces, awash with moments of nuance and controlled firepower. In sum, Holdsworth's legion of followers should be pleased with a recording that should rank among his finest efforts to date.
◊ Hideyasu Hatagoshi Assistant Engineer
◊ Allan Holdsworth Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist
◊ Yasohachi "88" Itoh Executive Producer
◊ Jimmy Johnson Bass
◊ Mitsuru Kasai Assistant Engineer
◊ Takao Miyakaku Photography
◊ Takeshi Nagano Technical Support
◊ Hiroyuki Shiotsuki Engineer
◊ Takashi Sudoh Technical Support
◊ Koji Suzuki Mastering
◊ Yoshiro Suzuki Engineer
◊ Hiroya Tsubaki Producer
◊ Hiroko Umezawa Design
◊ Keiji Uyeda Art Direction, Design
◊ Chad Wackerman Drums, Guest Artist
◊ Akira Yada Producer
◊ Noriko Yamashita Production Coordination
Compositions and style:
◊ Holdsworth's solo compositions are primarily instrumental, but vocals were prominent on all his 1980s albums except Sand. Two of his most recurring singers were Paul Williams (featured on I.O.U., Road Games and Metal Fatigue) and Rowanne Mark (Atavachron and Secrets). Additionally, he himself sang on Igginbottom's Wrench and The Things You See. In his early career he occasionally played violin (Velvet Darkness, Sunbird, The Things You See and I.O.U.) and acoustic guitar (Velvet Darkness, U.K., Gazeuse! and Metal Fatigue), but claims not to be proficient at the latter; this being due to its percussive tonal quality, and hence a lack of desire to play an instrument which isn't optimised for legato playing (as explained below).
◊ He has a distinctive style that involves a strong scalar sense, combining elements of jazz and progressive rock. The harmonic structure of his pieces can be highly abstruse, with frequently shifting tonal centres, and his soloing follows from a self-taught advanced modal framework derived directly from his unusually-voiced chords. His phrasing almost always features striking yet subtle transitions between notes that often work contrary to the listener's expectations of consonance and dissonance, with wide and unpredictable intervallic leaps. In his solos he predominantly uses various legato techniques such as slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs (the latter being a personalised method which works more akin to a 'reversed' hammer-on); all of which result in an extremely fluid lead sound. One of the reasons for his renowned emphasis on legato, as opposed to picking, stems from a desire to make the sound between picked and legato notes indistinguishable.
◊ Another of his most identifiable traits is the use of rich, fingerpicked chords (often awash with delay, chorus and other complex effects), which are articulated and sustained using volume swells to create sounds reminiscent of the horn and saxophone. He has said that he prefers both of these instruments to the guitar, the latter of which was not his first choice of instrument upon receiving one from his father when beginning to play. It was because of this unfamiliarity with the guitar, combined with attempting to make it sound more like a saxophone, that he originally began to use legato without realising that it was not a common method of playing at the time. Furthermore, he was influenced greatly by such saxophonists as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Michael Brecker and Charlie Parker, whilst some of his favourite guitarists were Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Raney, Charlie Christian and Hank Marvin.
◊ 1976: Velvet Darkness
◊ 1982: I.O.U.
◊ 1983: Road Games (EP)
◊ 1985: Metal Fatigue
◊ 1986: Atavachron
◊ 1987: Sand
◊ 1989: Secrets
◊ 1992: Wardenclyffe Tower
◊ 1993: Hard Hat Area
◊ 1996: None Too Soon
◊ 2000: The Sixteen Men of Tain
◊ 2001: Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie
◊ 2005: The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Against the Clock (compilation)
◊ 1997: I.O.U. Live
◊ 2002: All Night Wrong
◊ 2003: Then!
◊ 1980: The Things You See, with Gordon Beck
◊ 1988: With a Heart in My Song, with Gordon Beck
◊ 1990: Truth in Shredding, with Frank Gambale/The Mark Varney Project
◊ 1996: Heavy Machinery, with Jens Johansson and Anders Johansson
◊ 2009: Blues for Tony, with Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip (live double album)
◊ 1992: REH Video: Allan Holdsworth (VHS, reissued on DVD in 2007)
◊ 2002: Live at the Galaxy Theatre (DVD)
◊ 2007: Live at Yoshi's (DVD)
◊ 1987: Reaching for the Uncommon Chord. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0-634-07002-0.
◊ 1994: Just for the Curious. Warner Bros. ISBN 978-0-7692-2015-4.
◊ 1997: Melody Chords for Guitar. Centerstream Publications. ISBN 978-1-57424-051-1.
◊ A Conversation with Allan Holdsworth l Oct 05, 2005 l By Bill Milkowski - http://www.abstractlogix.com
Alan Holdsworth taken circa 1978 at the Beacon Theater in NYC with UK SynthAxe is a fretted, guitar-like MIDI controller, created in 1986 by Bill Aitken and manufactured in England in the middle to late 1980s. It is a musical instrument that uses an electronic synthesizer to produce sound and is controlled through the use of an arm which resembles the neck of a guitar in form and in use. The name SynthAxe is a portmanteau of the words Synthesizer and Axe, which is a popular slang term meaning guitar. (SynthAxe images: http://www.studiobergman.com/synthaxe.html)
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