Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck

The Things You See/Sunbird

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Allan Holdsworth has long been considered a brilliant guitarist who, although most of his career has been spent playing rock, has always had a strong interest in jazz and playing his instrument like a keyboard. He teams up with his longtime musical partner pianist-keyboardist Gordon Beck on the quartet date The Things You See/Sunbird, performing the seven songs originally released as The Things You See plus four other selections. Beck is actually featured at least as much as Holdsworth, some of the briefer selections are mere throwaways that end before they seem to get going, and the overall music is not as memorable as one would hope. Still there are some bright moments, close interplay, and a few sparks felt along the way. It isn't a classic but this release should interest Holdsworth fans who wish to hear him in a different context than usual.

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