Allan Holdsworth: Tokyo Dream
Allan Holdsworth (guitar)
Road Games (Globe Music GMMA 2100-2)
Allan Holdsworth (guitar),
Jeff Berlin (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums).
Composed by Allan Holdsworth.
Recorded: Los Angeles, early 1983
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
On this nod to Tokyo, vaguely referred to in some scale choices, Allan Holdsworth at times comes across like Pat Metheny. The chord sounds and even the changes are reminiscent of Metheny's mid-70s work with his Pat Metheny Group. The music is quite approachable. Of course at some point Holdsworth is going to sound nothing like Metheny or anyone else. His guitar lines are quickly squeezed out of a tube of toothpaste. You have no idea where they are going. The faster the notes go, the less control. It becomes Silly String time. Holdsworth's haywire solo is misplaced, really, plunked down right in the middle of a tune that even my wife would enjoy. This solo ensures that she will not enjoy it. Scaring listeners away like that is fun. It is one of the aspects I enjoy most about robust fusion.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky