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Allan Holdsworth - All Night Wrong (2003) Retail CD
In a period of 18 months there have been an exceptional flood of Allan Holdsworth releases, "Spare Tire" (AH playing syntheaxe whilst navel gazing), the long awaited CD-issue "Road Games" (Holdsworth's near perfect, early 80's release) and most recently, as a member of (the great grandson of Sof Machine) Soft Works on "Abacadabra".But this fourth new release "All Night Wrong", tops them all, and I recommend it without reservation, to both straight jazz fans and jazz rock fusionists alike. Recorded May 2002 in Japan, this is the Holdsworth recording I've been waiting for a very long time to showmore… he can still startle with brilliance and originality. Fortunately for us, Holdsworth has overcome his paranoia about live releases - how often have we seen the frustration, doubt and other expressions of disappointment of his own performance, evident at the end of an apparent perfect live set. Here the music hits you both cerebrally and in the solar plexus - the latter hasn't happened to me in a decade, while the former has been too much to the fore on many of his recent albums. Holdsworth is not holding back; is this because he has the comfort of old fusion friends providing the bass and drums, i.e. Jimmy Johnson and Chad Wackerman, respectively, instead of the recent experiments with straighter jazz sidesmen? Also several of the tunes are old favourites taken from his fruitful period of song writing, with some new twists of arrangement, e.g. "Water On The Brain". On each, Holdsworth showcases what he does superbly well, i.e. being the ultimate Holdsworthian guitarist - that special trade mark mix of legato and fast runs, solos which are musically tangential to the melody of a tune. Here he does not hold back. Neither do Johnson and Wackerman who are given plenty of space to be most inventive. And add to the whole: the live recording is crystal clear. One can surmiss there are several benefits being back on a label with better distribution and advertise clout, than his chosen labels of the last 2 decades. There have been a surprising number of pretenders to his throne appear in the last 10 years, Scott Henderson, Scott McGill, Alex MacHacek to named but a few - and until this record I may have been under the impression Holdsworth was more interested in introvert cerebral things (at least on record), rather than showing who's boss. On "All Night Wrong" he is boss and nobody comes near.
|2||The Things You See|
|6||Water On The Brain PT.II|
|7||Above & Below|
|8||Gas Lamp Blues|
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