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Polydor. Gong. [3] [2] Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Labels Associated acts Website Notable instruments SynthAxe Ibanez AH-10 Ibanez AH-20 Steinberger GL2TA-AH Carvin H2 Carvin HF2 Fatboy Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946) is an English guitarist and composer. but is best known for his work in jazz fusion. Restless.. instrumental rock.. I. Fred Bloggs. Enigma. Favored Nations.U. Relativity. Megazoidal. Alternity HoBoLeMa. UK. A player noted for his advanced knowledge of the fretboard and innovative playing.U. Sony. producer Electric guitar.[8] John Petrucci[9] and many others. Luna Crack. violin.O. Gnarly Geezer. Frank Zappa once called Holdsworth "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet".[5] Greg Howe. Warner Bros. I. Intima. False Alarm therealallanholdsworth.[7] Richie Kotzen. The New Tony Williams Lifetime.[10] . vocals 1969–present CTI. composer.O. such renowned names including Eddie Van Halen. Level 42..[4] Joe Satriani.Allan Holdsworth 1 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth Background information Born 6 August 1946 [1] Bradford.[6] Shawn Lane. progressive rock. free jazz Musician. he is cited by many rock and instrumental guitarists as an influence. SynthAxe. acoustic guitar. JMS–Cream. Tempest. West Yorkshire. He has released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played many different styles of music over a period of four decades. Legato. England Jazz fusion. Soft Machine. jazz.

after the acquisition of former Tempest singer Paul Williams. Igginbottom's Wrench (later reissued under the group name of "Allan Holdsworth & Friends"). Both the Bruford and UK debut albums were released in early 1978. Laurie Baker and future King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir.[11] In the early 1970s Holdsworth joined the British progressive rock band Tempest. I. which was released in 2005 as part of a Tempest compilation album entitled Anthology: Under the Blossom. Tempest) Holdsworth first recorded with the band 'Igginbottom on their lone release.also called Bruford and retained Holdsworth as its guitarist. which was a largely similar effort without percussion or bass. Bruford formed his own long-term fusion project . In 1976.O. In 1971. The first album by the Bruford band (One Of A Kind. Holdsworth's second spell as a potential progressive rock star was as short as the first. Journeyman years (1974-1977) Following his short tenure with Tempest. under the title of Velvet Darkness. with the latter rapidly eclipsing the former in terms of profile and marketing. Holdsworth worked with various popular jazz fusion groups and artists. an improvising band also featuring Alan Gowen. Bruford was recruited into a new. recorded and released in early 1979) featured extensive contributions by Holdsworth. Holdsworth was recruited by Bill Bruford to play most of the guitar on Bruford's first (and jazz-fusion-orientated) solo album Feels Good To Me.. but the guitarist was by now tired of being a sideman and wished to follow his own course. and performed on their self-titled debut studio album in 1973. Soon afterwards. Bruford quit in sympathy or was also fired (depending on accounts). was . Holdsworth joined Sunship.UK. Holdsworth would later stress that although he'd not enjoyed his time in the band he'd liked and respected everyone involved and that the problems were "purely musical". who fired him from the band. In 1974 he played on the Soft Machine studio album Bundles and with The New Tony Williams Lifetime on the Believe It album. This angered Holdsworth. Holdsworth quit. Their first proper collaboration. Chafing at the more composed and predictable elements to UK's music. Despite his musical fluidity and virtuosity. an experience he was to prize.[11] Bruford and UK (1977-1979) In 1977.U. Shortly afterwards.O. Following the band's first British tour.Allan Holdsworth 2 Recording career Early bands ('Igginbottom. In 1976 he played with Gong (contributing to their Gazeuse and Expresso II albums) and with Jean-Luc Ponty on Enigmatic Ocean.U. in what became known as False Alarm. the band was renamed I. although not without reluctance. This was to be Holdsworth's first outing as a bandleader and. which was fronted by Bruford's former King Crimson bandmate John Wetton. 1980s Holdsworth's next significant collaborator was jazz pianist Gordon Beck. with whom he first played on Beck's Sunbird album in 1979. passing it off as an official recording. this approach did not suit John Wetton. second-wave British progressive rock band . in 1969. The Things You See. The band played live but never recorded any records. he objected to being expected to play the same solos every night. Bruford in turn recruited Holdsworth as a jazzier "counterweight". His playing can also be heard on a live BBC Radio concert from the same year. While UK continued with a different lineup. Their self-titled debut album. followed in 1980. Both musicians would later work together again in the decades to come. When Wetton recruited the virtuosic and classically-influenced Eddie Jobson (ex-Roxy Music/Frank Zappa) into UK on keyboards and violin. Sunship. who says he still loathes the album intensely. Holdsworth joined up with drummer Gary Husband and bassist Paul Carmichael as a trio. CTI Records released a recording of a rehearsal session.

Holdsworth's touring band for that and the following year was composed of Steve Hunt. like Wackerman. with With a Heart in My Song.[16] With the release of Hard Hat Area in 1994. he stated that he no longer owned the studio following his divorce in 1999.[1] [14] The aforementioned Secrets introduced pianist Steve Hunt. Former Cream singer Jack Bruce provided vocal duties. With former I.U. and as a member of Holdsworth's touring band. however. California. in that it was the first to feature Holdsworth's work with a brand new instrument named the SynthAxe.[15] In December of that year. and received a Grammy Award nomination in 1984. Holdsworth's first solo album of the decade was 1992's Wardenclyffe Tower.[12] Holdsworth signed to Enigma for the 1985 release of Metal Fatigue (along with the aforementioned I. Holdsworth was recruited by the band to play as a guest musician during a series of concerts at London's Hammersmith Odeon. these factors all led to Holdsworth contributing guitarwork on five tracks on their 1991 album. and that Holdsworth was "the best. It was at this time that Flim & the BB's bassist Jimmy Johnson joined the band and. rock-laden Heavy Machinery.U. Making his last appearance on vocals was Paul Williams. he was once again joined by Gordon Beck on None Too Soon. A collaboration in 1996 with brothers Anders and Jens Johansson resulted in the experimental. partner Gary Husband now being the drummer for Level 42.O. Sand. At the time. In a 2005 interview. Guaranteed. saying "That guy is bad! He's fantastic. during which he would effectively become the public face of the instrument.[12] Immediately after I. Gary Husband and bassist Skúli Sverrisson. In the same year. . Having relocated permanently to Southern California and acrimoniously parted ways with Warner Bros. which featured fusion-based interpretations of a selection of his favourite jazz standards. In the late 1980s.O.O. band consisted of drummer Chad Wackerman (who would become a regular Holdsworth bandmember for the next three decades) and bassist Jeff Berlin. has remained a consistent bandmember to this day. Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen brought Holdsworth to the attention of Warner Bros. over the issue of creative control.U. Van Halen had previously enthused about Holdsworth in a 1980 issue of Guitar Player magazine. I love him". reissue). which featured no vocals and showcased further SynthAxe experimentation. as well as a returning Paul Williams. with whom Holdsworth claims to have fallen out due to the selling of live bootlegs by the former. in my book". Holdsworth set up his own recording studio—The Brewery—in San Diego. The EP was produced by longtime Van Halen executive producer Ted Templeman. The next year saw a fourth album. 3 1990s A collaboration in 1990 with fellow fusion guitarist Frank Gambale came about in the form of Truth in Shredding—an ambitious studio project put together by Mark Varney (brother of Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney) through his Legato Records label.[1] The Atavachron album in 1986 was a landmark.Allan Holdsworth released independently in 1982.O. who went on to play keyboard on two further albums. following the death of Level 42 guitarist Alan Murphy in 1989. which continued to feature the SynthAxe but also displayed his newfound interest in self-designed baritone guitars (built by luthier Bill DeLap). Records executive Mo Ostin.U. which would become one of the recording locations for all of his studio albums beginning with Secrets (1989) and throughout the 1990s.[4] This resulted in the Warner Bros. A second collaboration with Gordon Beck followed in 1988. the latest incarnation of the I. release of Road Games in 1983. This unusually designed MIDI controller (albeit not a guitar synthesizer)[13] would become a staple of Holdsworth's playing for the next fifteen years.'s release. followed by a mainstream reissue through Enigma Records in 1985.

Michael Brecker and Charlie Parker. Compositions and style Holdsworth's solo compositions are primarily instrumental.Allan Holdsworth 4 2000s The decade began positively with The Sixteen Men of Tain in 2000. he was influenced greatly by such saxophonists as John Coltrane. All Night Wrong and Then!. a new studio album entitled Snakes and Ladders was slated for a 2008 release on guitarist Steve Vai's Favored Nations label.K. Sunbird. His phrasing almost always features striking yet subtle transitions between notes that are both consonant and dissonant. along with a double compilation album. but claims to not be proficient at the latter. One of the reasons for his renowned emphasis on legato. was released in 2001 and remains his most recent studio effort. but vocals were prominent on all his 1980s albums except Sand and Wardenclyffe Tower.[20] [21] [22] It was because of this unfamiliarity with the guitar. he has toured with drummers Terry Bozzio and Pat Mastelotto. In 2006. U. Wes Montgomery.O. he has been touring both North America and Europe extensively. he performed with pianist Alan Pasqua. stems from a desire to make the sound between picked and legato notes indistinguishable. Road Games and Metal Fatigue) and Rowanne Mark (Atavachron and Secrets).[16] Furthermore. Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Haslip as part of a live tribute act in honour of late drummer Tony Williams. In his early career he occasionally played violin[1] (on Velvet Darkness. that he originally began to use legato without realising that it was not a common method of playing at the time. and has played as a guest on albums by numerous artists: most notably with former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian on Mythology (2004) and Quantum (2007).O. hammer-ons and pull-offs (the latter being a personalised method which works more akin to a 'reversed' hammer-on).[14] Throughout the latter half of the decade. were released in 2002 and 2003.[22] [23] [24] whilst some of his favourite guitarists were Django Reinhardt. as opposed to picking.[16] He has a distinctive playing style that involves a strong scalar sense. with wide and unpredictable intervallic leaps. He has said that he prefers both of the aforementioned to the guitar. but it turned out to be Holdsworth's last album recorded at The Brewary. the latter with Sherinian's progressive metal group Planet X. and hence a lack of desire to play such an instrument. Throughout 2008–2010. combining elements of jazz and progressive rock. Cannonball Adderley.[18] all of which result in an extremely fluid lead sound.[21] [24] .U. respectively. Charlie Christian and Hank Marvin.U. he predominantly uses various legato techniques such as slides. Jimmy Raney. and Metal Fatigue). he abruptly slowed down his solo output due to events within his personal life. The harmonic structure of his pieces is highly advanced. which are articulated and sustained using volume swells to create sounds reminiscent of the horn and saxophone. Additionally. in 2005.[17] this is due to it being percussive. respectively. and bassist Tony Levin as HoBoLeMa—a supergroup playing improvised experimental music. Joe Pass. Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie. Immediately afterwards.[14] [17] A pair of official live albums. Two of his most recurring singers were Paul Williams (featured on I. he himself sang on 'Igginbottom's Wrench and The Things You See. His eleventh album. A DVD (Live at Yoshi's) and a double album (Blues for Tony) were released in 2007 and 2009. combined with attempting to make it sound more like a saxophone. but as of 2010 this has not come about.. Whilst soloing. The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Against the Clock. Further new material featuring Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Johnson was also said to be in the works. chorus and other complex effects).[19] Another of his most identifiable traits is the use of rich. According to Holdsworth. which was not his first choice of instrument upon receiving one from his father when beginning to play. The Things You See and I.) and acoustic guitar (on Velvet Darkness. with frequently shifting tonal centres and unique combinations of keys and modes. fingerpicked chords (often awash with delay.

he developed his first signature guitars with Ibanez. he uses patches which are mainly Oberheim synthesizers. with Lynne residing in England. Holdsworth first recorded with the SynthAxe. and difficult to maintain and repair as a result. as he considers them to be "great sounds". his main instrument was the Gibson SG.[1] [11] [23] [27] Personal life Holdsworth has lived in California permanently since the early 1980s.[1] He has also developed a line of signature guitars with Carvin. Holdsworth has worked with many different guitar manufacturers in a lifelong quest to evolve his unique sound. He continued to play this type of design in the early 1980s.O. he went as far as experimenting with brewing his own in the 1990s and inventing a specialised beer pump—"The Fizzbuster"—which.U. 1983: Road Games (EP) 1985: Metal Fatigue 1986: Atavachron 1987: Sand 1989: Secrets 1992: Wardenclyffe Tower 1993: Hard Hat Area 1996: None Too Soon • 2000: The Sixteen Men of Tain • 2001: Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie . he began his long association with Steinberger guitars. Louise. In the 1990s. and can be heard on Metal Fatigue and Atavachron. From the late 1960s and through to his time spent with Tony Williams in the mid-1970s. a fretted. including the semi-hollow H2 in 1996 and the completely hollow HF2 Fatboy in 1999. he started playing customised headless guitars made by luthier Bill DeLap. Atavachron. and Road Games.U. guitar-like MIDI controller with keys and string triggers instead of a strung neck. Sound-wise. three of whom live in Southern California.[16] However. These instruments have a semi-hollow body made from basswood with a hollow cavity underneath the pickguard. and distinctively have no headstock. and still enjoys using his two remaining ones in the studio. including an extended-range baritone model which had a 38-inch scale length. Discography Studio albums • • • • • • • • • • 1976: Velvet Darkness 1982: I. with a particular fondness for Northern English ale. which are made from graphite and carbon fibre.Allan Holdsworth 5 Equipment Over the course of his career. he developed the GL2TA-AH signature model.[27] [28] He has four children with ex-wife Claire named Lynne.[21] [24] Such is his taste for ale. In 1984. he says he no longer wishes to make it such an integral part of his playing—especially live—mainly because of it being so rare. Samuel (named after his father) and Emily. With designer Ned Steinberger.O.[1] [25] He then switched to playing custom Fender Stratocaster guitars that were modified with humbucker pickups.[23] [27] He is also a keen aficionado of beer. he now only owns one of the latter instruments (with a 34-inch scale). creates "a beautiful creamy head".[27] Although he has used the SynthAxe on all his solo releases since Atavachron. In 1987. developing custom models with Charvel and Jackson that feature on I. and a tube that dynamically alters note volume and tone via breathing (similar to a talk box). known as the AH-10 and AH-20.[26] On his 1986 release. in his own words. and often mentions cycling as one of his favourite pastimes.

1978: Live In Boston – U. 1978: Touching On – John Stevens 1979: One of a Kind – Bruford 1979: Time is the Key – Pierre Moerlen's Gong 1979: Sunbird – Gordon Beck 1980: Conversation Piece – John Stevens 1981: Land of Cockayne – Soft Machine 1983: Individual Choice – Jean-Luc Ponty 1983: Retouch – John Stevens 1984: Transatlantic – Jon St.Allan Holdsworth • 2005: The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Against the Clock (compilation) 6 Live albums • 1997: I. Live • 2002: All Night Wrong • 2003: Then! Collaboration albums • • • • • 1980: The Things You See – with Gordon Beck 1988: With a Heart in My Song – with Gordon Beck 1990: Truth in Shredding – with Frank Gambale/The Mark Varney Project 1996: Heavy Machinery – with Jens Johansson and Anders Johansson 2009: Blues for Tony – with Alan Pasqua.K. Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip (live double album) Other album appearances • 1969: 'Igginbottom's Wrench – 'Igginbottom • 1972: Belladona – Nucleus • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1973: Tempest – Tempest 1975: Bundles – Soft Machine 1975: Believe It – The New Tony Williams Lifetime 1976: Million Dollar Legs – The New Tony Williams Lifetime 1976: Gazeuse! – Gong 1976: Capricorn Princess – Esther Phillips 1977: Re-Touch & Quartet – John Stevens 1977: Enigmatic Ocean – Jean-Luc Ponty 1978: Expresso II – Gong 1978: Feels Good to Me – Bruford 1978: U.K. James 1986: Soma – Soma 1986: Change of Address – Krokus 1986: Fast Impressions – Jon St.O. James 1988: Radio Free Albemuth – Stuart Hamm 1988: If This Bass Could Only Talk – Stanley Clarke 1988: No Borders – Carl Verheyen • 1988: The Distance Between – Strange Advance • 1989: Attack of the Neon Shark – Alex Masi . – U.K.U.

reissued on DVD format in 2007) • 1997: Drums & Improvisation – Gary Husband (Holdsworth is interviewed and contributes to three songs) DVD video releases • 2002: Live at the Galaxy Theatre • 2005: Carvin: 60 Years in the Making (features an extended interview with Holdsworth.Allan Holdsworth • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1989: A Question of Time – Jack Bruce 1989: Guitar's Practicing Musicians – various artists 1990: Silent Will – Andrea Marcelli 1990: Blue Tav – Steve Tavaglione 1991: Love in Peace – Paz 1991: Forty Reasons – Chad Wackerman 1991: Guaranteed – Level 42 1992: Lone Ranger – Jeff Watson 1993: The View – Chad Wackerman 1993: Come Together: Guitar Tribute to the Beatles – various artists 1995: Suffer – Gongzilla 1995: Oneness – Andrea Marcelli 1995: Worlds Away & Back – Strange Advance 1996: Stare – Gorky Park 1997: From Your Heart and Your Soul – Steve Hunt 2002: Pray for Rain – Atlantis 2003: BBC Radio 1971-1974 – Soft Machine 2003: Abracadabra – Soft Works 2004: Sonic Undertow – Riptyde 2004: Mythology – Derek Sherinian 2004: Book of the Dead – K2 2005: Nebula – David Hines 2005: Anthology: Under the Blossom – Tempest 2006: Deconstruction of a Postmodern Musician – Corrado Rustici 2006: Floating World Live – Soft machine 2007: Prowlin' – Dan Carlin & Friends 2007: Quantum – Planet X 2007: The Acatama Experience – Jean-Luc Ponty 2007: Rock Goes to College – Bruford 2008: Progasaurus – Chris Buck 2008: Everyone Knows My Drinking. No One Knows My Thirst – Eric Keyes 2009: Highway Star – Snew 2009: The Early Years – Paul Korda 2009: Propensity – John Stevens and Danny Thompson (originally recorded in 1978) 2010: Dirty & Beautiful: Volume I – Gary Husband 7 VHS video releases • 1992: REH Instructional: Allan Holdsworth (guitar instructional. amongst others) • 2006: Rock Goes to College – Bruford • 2007: Live at Yoshi's .

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)[1] Synthaxe . Retrieved 2009-08-06. A keyboard made up of six keys can also be used to trigger notes instead of the strings.. but send signals to a synthesizer which produces the sound. net/ ah/ press/ gt1296.therealallanholdsworth. Cliff (December 1996). filter cutoffs. Unofficial fan forum (http://www.html) at MusicBrainz • Jazz Guitar Online: "Allan Holdsworth's Guitar Gear" ( at Discogs Allan Holdsworth discography (http://musicbrainz. The second set of strings for the right hand pass through round magnets utilizing the Hall effect for velocity sensitivity. " Allan Holdsworth (1996) (http:/ / www. The neck of a SynthAxe is bent upward from the body because there are two independent sets of allan-holdsworth-style-legato-pattern/) SynthAxe A SynthAxe is a Guitar Techniques. com/ interviews/ index. but also could be redefined to produce different MIDI output (e. The long set determine the pitch of notes played. It could be used for standard whammy bar effects. 9 External links • • • • Official website (http://www. php)". [28] Douse.holdsy.html) • MP3 clip of a SynthAxe solo on Radio Free Albemuth at Guitar Nine Records (http://www. richardhallebeek.jazzguitar. these strings can be plucked or strummed to trigger notes. fingerprintsweb. Holdsworth [27] Hallebeek. guitar-like MIDI controller. Richard (1996-05-11). et al. " Legato Land (http:/ / www.mp3) • Allan Holdsworth Style Legato Pattern ( Discography (http://www. Retrieved 2010-11-26.guitar9.g. The SynthAxe also featured an electronic tremolo bar. which is a popular slang term meaning guitar.discogs. These strings are not made for creating sounds directly. html)". It is a musical instrument that uses an electronic synthesizer to produce sound and is controlled through the use of an arm which resembles the neck of a guitar in form and in use. The name SynthAxe is a portmanteau of the words synthesizer and axe. created in 1986 by Bill Aitken and manufactured in England in the middle to late radiofreeal1. It also can be used with a breath controller to simultaneously manipulate the timbre and volume of the instrument. through contact with the frets on the neck and by sensing the side-to-side bending of the string.

html) • Photographs (http://www.hollis. the SynthAxe carried a price tag of 10.000. and Al Di Meola. Lee Ritenour.studiobergman. Pat Metheny. the most famous users of these being virtuoso guitarist Les Fradkin and Rob Swire. html External links • Holdsworth interview in which he talks about SynthAxe (http://www.00. A SynthAxe formerly belonging to Lee Ritenour was heavily modified by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones percussionist Future Man into his primary instrument. 1988.SynthAxe When originally produced. 10 References [1] Guitar Synth and MIDI. innerviews. This status has recently been challeged by the Ztars. 126. Because it is no longer produced and difficult to locate used units (Holdsworth estimates that there are about 1. [2] A. Eventually Virgin Games took over the distribution but let it go after a couple of years.html) • "This ain't no MIDI guitar. most musicians who desire a MIDI guitar controller often use more current alternatives. Gary Moore." http:/ / www. a unique Midi drum controller known as the Synthaxe Drumitar. Prasad. p. such as Roland or Axon systems that can convert a guitar's output to MIDI via 13-Pin cables and outboard devices. Chuck Hammer.000 pounds (approximately $13.html) . the lack of keys and breath controller peripherals for most modern MIDI-compatible guitar controllers allows the Synthaxe to endure as a niche instrument. org/ inner/ holdswor. GPI Publications. "Allan Holdsworth: Creating Imaginary Prominent players of the SynthAxe include Allan Holdsworth. a range of guitar-like MIDI controllers built by Starr Labs.000 US dollars) and eventually sold for about $" (http://www. It was such a sophisticated and expensive piece of machinery that few were sold making it difficult to keep the company afloat. the frontman of Anglo-Australian Drum and Bass/Rock group However.000 in existence. ISBN 0881885932. and only about 2-3 people who would be qualified to repair one)[2] .

Following two lengthy American tours (June-October 1978). "A&M Records were unwilling to let their 'star.G. History Formation and first album Singer/bassist John Wetton and drummer Bill Bruford had worked together in King Crimson from 1972-4. were a short-lived British progressive rock supergroup active from 1977 until 1980. 2009 E. Bill Bruford. Bruford and Wetton decided that each would bring in a musician of his choice to form a new band. UKZ.UK (band) 11 UK (band) U.[1] Wetton and Bruford continued to work together on ideas. Frank Zappa. King Crimson. first Holdsworth and then Bruford departed U. jazz fusion 1977–1980. UK. they worked on forming a band with keyboardist Rick Wakeman. 1978.K. HoBoLeMa Past members John Wetton Bill Bruford Eddie Jobson Allan Holdsworth Terry Bozzio U. . Background information Origin Genres Years active Labels England Progressive rock. L-R: John Wetton. Bruford.[2] going on to form the jazz rock fusion group Bruford. who had previously worked with Bruford in Yes. Allan Holdsworth. Wetton brought in keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson.' Wakeman. slightly soiled King Crimson rhythm section. In September 1976. whom Wetton knew from his work with Roxy Music in 1976 – "stealing" him from Frank Zappa. over musical differences. According to Bruford. walk off with a used.K.[4] Bruford recruited guitarist Allan Holdsworth (formerly of Soft Machine and Gong) who had played guitar on Bruford's 1977 debut solo album. Records Polydor Records Virgin Records Associated acts Asia. and the idea failed.K." [2] Bruford and Wetton next asked guitarist Robert Fripp to reform King Crimson [3] When Fripp declined. when guitarist Robert Fripp disbanded the group. released their self-titled debut album in 1978 and followed it with a supporting tour. and Eddie Jobson. The project was stopped by Wakeman's label.K. U. Roxy Music. Feels Good to Me.

a non-LP B-side (to date still unavailable on CD) featured on the "Night After Night" single. However.G. Jobson and Wetton worked together on a proposed U. Wetton. which Wetton would re-record (with slightly different lyrics) in 1980 on his solo album Caught In The Crossfire.K.K. instead becoming a trio with drummer Terry Bozzio (another one-time Frank Zappa band member). UKZ. Aftermath Jobson worked with Jethro Tull on the album A and went on to a solo career. guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and bassist Patrick O'Hearn – all four also from line-ups with Zappa. Vitalij Kuprij. Records to sign with Geffen Records and ex-Yes manager Brian Lane and started Asia with Steve Howe. U. reunion tour in February/March 2010 with Jobson. eventually left E. . and spent much of that year touring North America as opening act for Jethro Tull. They performed music from UK and King Crimson. when Wetton departed.K. but not confirmed by Wetton. reunion album. Night After Night.[7] UKZ and reunion In October 2007. and in spite of plans to record a new studio album in America in March 1980. disbanded as Jobson and Wetton had different ideas on how the band should develop. Following a final European tour in December 1979. Legacy project From 1995 to 1998. with Wetton replaced on lead vocals by Aaron Lippert. A live album. with Lippert and former King Crimson bassist/guitarist Trey Gunn among others. Marco Minnemann on drums (from UKZ) and Greg Howe (Victor Wooten.K. They recorded the studio album Danger Money. and the recording of his solo album Caught In The Crossfire (Summer 1980). Wetton. A U. Tony Levin. Wetton and Jobson performed three concerts in Poland in November 2009 as part of Jobson's Ultimate Zero (U-Z) project. also recording contributions by Bruford.K. "Legacy" became an Eddie Jobson solo project. The line-up also featured Marco Minnemann (drums). Carl Palmer and Geoffrey Downes. U. with a European/USA release to follow in August[8] . Bozzio formed Missing Persons with his then-wife Dale Bozzio. following a brief stint with Wishbone Ash (October-December 1980). which released an EP called "Radiation" in March 2009. Three tracks intended for the project found their way onto Voices of Life. released in March 1979. A CD compiled from various U-Z performances from 2009 is planned to be released in Japan on the 9th of June 2010.UK (band) 12 Trio line-up After the departure of Bruford and Holdsworth. Greg Howe (guitar) and Tony Levin (stick). Steve Hackett and Francis Dunnery. In late 2009. Holdsworth and Bozzio now play together in HoBoLeMa. Jobson announced a new band. Jobson and Wetton both talked about a possible reunion of U. was recorded in Japan that Spring and released in September. a compilation by Bulgarian Women's Choir organised by Jobson.[5] Jobson stated that one song in particular was the reason of the band to disband: "When Will You Realize?"[6] . while Wetton thought that performing shorter songs was a better idea. did not bring in another guitarist. Jobson wanted UK to go on with more long instrumental pieces. Michael Jackson) on guitar was described to promoters.

geocities.K. electric violin solos. and unusually varied synthesiser (Yamaha CS-80[2] ) sonorities. mixed meters. elephant-talk. html& date=2009-10-25+ 10:10:16) Interview with John Wetton in Big Bang Magazine (http:/ / www. dprp.UK (band) 13 Musical style Throughout their brief existence. dgmlive. 1979 in Chicago (http:/ / www. htm?artist=25& show=1172) U.K. Vol. org/ query?url=http:/ / www. php?f=3& i=1204& t=1178#reply_1204) On The Edge With Eddie Jobson (http:/ / mixonline. Humbled in U. dgmlive. Discography Year 1978 1979 1979 1999 U. odd-numbered time signatures. com/ SunsetStrip/ 8827/ uk.A (http:/ / www. eddiejobson. com/ wiki/ Interview_with_John_Wetton_in_Big_Bang_Magazine) New UK bootleg / New editions (http:/ / www. htm?group=wetton& bio=true) DPRP : Counting Out Time : UK . 4 - References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] King Crimson (http:/ / www.'s music was characterised by skilled musicianship.K. Re-released as Live in America and Live in Boston. webcitation. php?i=1978_03) Robert Fripp on June 18.S.UK (http:/ / www. 109 - Concert Classics. Danger Money Night After Night Album US UK 65 45 43 Notes Single releases "In the Dead of Night" and "Mental Medication" Single releases "Rendezvous 6:02" and "Nothing to Lose" UK #67 Single release "Night After Night" Live 1978. U. com/ mag/ audio_edge_eddie_jobson/ ) [www. com/ kc/ index. com/ forum/ read. jazzy harmonies. com/ archive. net/ proghistory/] . close harmony vocals.

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