Allan Holdsworth: The Un-Merry-Go-Round
Allan Holdsworth (guitar)
Metal Fatigue (Enigma 72002-2)
Allan Holdsworth (guitar),
Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Gary Willis (bass), Gary Husband (drums).
Composed by Allan Holdsworth.
Recorded: Los Angeles, released 1985
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Allan Holdsworth dedicated "The-Un-Merry-Go-Round" to his late father, a great musical influence on him. Alan Pasqua, who had partnered with Holdsworth in Tony Williams's new Lifetime band 10 years earlier and recorded with him many times since, opens the song with block synthesizer chords. A deep groove is established by bassist Willis and drummer Husband. Some robotic-like guitar and keyboard riffs introduce a Husband extended solo. Husband knocks it out of the park. This leads to an exculpatory section of free-flowing guitar and keyboard excursions. The tune has many identities. Rhythm, themes and intent change often. There is even silence. Perhaps these are the memories Holdsworth holds dear. From beginning to end, "The Un-Merry-Go-Round" is an engaging example of what good fusion could sound like in an otherwise uninviting 1980s.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky