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Allan Holdsworth: One Man of ’Trane

Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth

Twelve years have flown by since I first interviewed the revered, uncompromising virtuoso guitarist Allan Holdsworth. Back then he was completely puzzled about his place in the music industry. Among other things, he wondered why his music wasn’t being regarded at all by jazz radio stations. This irked him, especially considering the innocuous pap that dominated jazz radio at the time. As he put it:

“One of the problems that we’ve had over the past few years is that nobody can tell me what this music is. For example, a jazz radio station will be reluctant to play any tracks from any of my albums, which is a drag because they’re playing music that is, in my opinion, far less jazz than what we do. They play this funky processed stuff and these kind of easy-listening things, which to me have nothing to do with jazz. And conversely, the rock stations won’t play my music because they think it’s too jazzy. So we don’t get either, which kind of leaves me in this no-man’s land in the middle.”

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