Allan Holdsworth: Where Is One


Where Is One


Allan Holdsworth (guitar)


I.O.U. (Restless Records 7 72563-2)

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Allan Holdsworth (guitar),

Paul Carmichael (bass), Gary Husband (drums)


Composed by Allan Holdsworth


Recorded: London, 1982


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

I.O.U. became Holdsworth's first touring group. They made quite an impact upon many artists and proved to be commercially successful. Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen and other progressive notables cite the band as a great influence on their playing.

If you didn't know better, listening to the opening strains of "Where Is One," you would swear this was Pat Metheny and not Allan Holdsworth. During the intro, Holdsworth plays some beautifully sweeping chords that would feel at home on any Metheny Group outing. But after the first gnarly note of Holdsworth's solo you know better. You were being set up for a fusion slap in the face. Holdsworth at first sneaks, and then forces, some dastardly twisted chords and obtuse scalar jaunts into the pleasant surroundings. He becomes unhinged. His notes are shapeless forms that first insult and then satisfyingly dissolve into the ether. The young and great drummer Gary Husband propels the piece. Carmichael also does a fine job.

I.O.U. proved to be one of the few bands that kept fusion alive in the '80s. Jazz-rock may have been in the I.C.U., but there were still signs of life.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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