Allan Holdsworth, All Night Wrong

Bill Milkowski

By Bill Milkowski

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Heroic riffage from the greatest guitarist that ever walked the planet

The British virtuoso brings a wholly original approach to the instrument that sets him apart from all other guitarists. His debut for Favored Nations (and 17th solo release following years of sideman work with the likes of Soft Machine, U.K., Bruford and Tony Williams Lifetime) is his first officially sanctioned live recording. (There are several bootlegs.) Holdsworth unleashes in typically heroic fashion backed by his longtime rhythm tandem of bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Chad Wackerman on striking new vehicles like "Lanyard Loop," "Alphrazallan" and "Zone," along with older familiar numbers like "Funnels," "Water On The Brain" and "The Things You See." Steve Vai himself called Holdsworth "the greatest guitar player that ever walked the planet." Here's plenty of evidence to back up that audacious claim.