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Guitarist Allan Holdsworth Dies at 70

Influenced by Trane, played with lightning-fast, effortlessly fluid technique

Allan Holdsworth (photo courtesy MoonJune Music/Naoju Nakamura)
Eidolon: The Allan Holdsworth Collection

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth, whose lightning-fast, effortlessly fluid, Trane-influenced technique set a new standard for virtuosity during the fusion and progressive-rock era, died April 16 after a brief illness. Holdsworth was 70.

Best known for his jazz-fusion work with Jean-Luc Ponty, Soft Machine and the New Tony Williams Lifetime as well as numerous releases as a leader, Holdsworth’s influence ran deep among musicians and especially guitarists of all stripes—Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson, Stanley Jordan and Eddie Van Halen have all cited him as a major influence.

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