I know this is a long shot since Allan truly is one of a kind, but I am looking for albums similar to the kind of complex yet accessible sound displayed on Allan's "Road Games" EP, and to some extent, "I.O.U." With or without vocals is really a non-issue, the most important thing is the overall feel of the whole thing. It's fairly easy to find artists (copycats or not) who sound somewhat similar to Allan when he goes all-out nuts with his alien fusion-style, but I have yet to find something that comes even remotely close to the ingenuity of tracks like "Water on the Brain Pt. II" or "The Things You See".
THE GOD OF JAZZ FUSION. Allan is by far one of the most unique and skilled musicians ever. From the beginning of his career to now, he's done nothing but go beyond the boundaries of contemporary stylings and implement the technicality of his work in a way that's not only aesthetically pleasing, but also pleasing to music theory nerds as well. Thinking man's music, if you will. Chad Wackerman having a part in most of his albums just makes a lot of his work all the more amazing. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that ALLAN HOLDSWORTH RULES.
Fuck ... when i hear the name Allan Holdsworth i get realy enthusiased and shocked . This man opened my eares and expand my musical Thinking . every single note has been written in a very thoughtful way . and the amazing thing is that he wasn't get into academic music . He learened music theory in it's basic but didn't learned more then that . The structures of the songs are not simple to swallow though you still make a full enjoyment of his music . If i need to pick my favorite Jazz-Fusion musician - It would be him .
I saw AH in '98 at the Jazz Cafe in London playing as part of a 3 piece - phenomenal is putting it mildly. Made that 3-piece sound like an orchestra. One of my all time favorite live performances ( along with Pat Metheny live at Grand West in Cape Town , 2007 ). Certainly not easy listening if you're a newcomer, but once you understand him, nothing else comes close.
So I'm new to jazz fusion, admittedly. I like really heavy fusion like Lye By Mistake (as if there is anything similar) but I've got into projects like Guthrie Govan, The Nick Scott Band and I'm really digging Mattias Eklundh's style. My favorite guitarist (Josh Bauman of Lye By Mistake) draws a lot of inspiration from Holdsworth and I'm wondering... where should I start... what should I look for? Are all the albums instrumental? Which album (or two) should I try first?