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SOFT MACHINE - Switzerland 1974 Fusion | review permalink
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - Leverkusen '97 Fusion | review permalink

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SOFT MACHINE Switzerland 1974

Live album · 2015 · Fusion
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A document of the band in the summer of 1974 as fusion was becoming popular with an ever increasing audience. This band were pioneers in jazz/rock and adding an electric guitarist increased attention with fans of virtuosity in the guitar world. Allan Holdsworth was a phenomenal guitarist and this concert shows his strength with the band. Anyone who loves the Soft Machine and their English Jazz will find this era of the band special. They were promoting the album Bundles, which was a standout release in the catalog of a band which experimented with the outer edges of fusion and took the genre into uncharted territory.

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH Leverkusen '97

Live album · 2021 · Fusion
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The series of live recordings recently released for Allan and his various incarnations of trios and quartets are outstanding. This one from 1997 shows Allan in Germany with Chad and Dave. The album is dedicated to Allan and the late Dave Carpenter (1959 - 2008). The first track: The Sixteen Men of Tain is one of Allan's best late compositions. He also includes his classic tracks such as Letters of Marque, Looking Glass and House of Mirrors. Phenomenal musicianship permeates this session. For any fan of electric jazz guitar this is a must have. The legato is flying. 4.25 stars

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