That four young men from Bradford who have been together for only a few months can produce music like this, performed with complete sincerity and lack of pretentiousness, is little short of amazing. Retrieved from ” http: To say that I was impressed would be understating the case. Their compositions mainly by Allan Holdsworth are fantastic and strangely moving full of unexpected harmonic twists and difficult intervals, sung, again mostly by Holdsworth, with amazingly precise intonation. This page was last edited on 29 September , at In summing up I’ll stick my neck out. Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help.
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Their music is not designed to cater to an audience of fifteen year old girls, neither is it aimed at the vast majority of pop audiences who are intoxicated by the pretentious euphemistic nonsense churned out by the press, in which every performance by their particular iggnibottoms seems to have had the effect of a gigantic orgasm or the coming of the Messiah.
It will be interesting to see how far they will have progressed in three years when this album is the result of those three months. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in.
These are not tunes to hum after a first or second or even a third hearing, but the more you listen the more you’ll hear. I would like to be able to define or categorize their music, but the words elude me, as I find their style of playing and composing original, and perhaps even unique, although some clue is provided in arench fact that Alan and Steve, the two guitarists, have been influenced to some extent by saxophonist John Coltrane, All this seems too good to be true, I know, but in answer to any sceptic, listen to the album and then decide.
To say that I was impressed would be understating the case. The bass guitar and drums complement each other and the front line excellently, coping with the changes in metre with rare expertise.
Their compositions mainly by Allan Holdsworth are fantastic and strangely moving full of unexpected harmonic twists and difficult intervals, sung, again mostly by Holdsworth, with amazingly precise intonation. Neither is Igginbottom a jazz group in the accepted sense of the term, igtinbottoms have played the tapes of the group to some of the most diehard jazz musicians I knowand all of them expressed unqualified enthusiasm.
They may well be the first group that has, completely naturally and unselfconsciously, evolved out wrrnch the ever converging directions of good pop and jazz.
And the standard of musicianship is phenomenally high by any standards. This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat In summing up I’ll stick my neck out.
They do not equate volume with excitement or electronic noises and psychedelic light shows with musical progress.
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Igginbottoms’s Wrench: Liner notes – Allan Holdsworth Information Center
Original liner notes for Deram release, I first heard “Igginbottom” a couple of months ago in the “Upstairs” room at the club. The point is – are you ready for “Igginbottom?
Yet Igginbottom is an enigma. Angel Air liner notes. The interplay between the two solo guitarists gives the group a totally individual sound, rich with beautifully executed filigree runs and unusual voicings, completely free of cliches. The first track representing the beginning of their career together; The second depicting the period of unrest and confusion they went through trying to find themselves; The third is igginottoms first achievement after having found themselves and the rest is just straightforward progression.
That four young men from Bradford who have been together for only a few months can produce wrencj like wrrnch, performed with complete sincerity and lack of pretentiousness, is little short of amazing. Indeed Dave Freeman, Alan Holdsworth, Mick Skelly and Steven Robinson, whose ages are only 21, 21, 20 and 20 respectively are capable of holding their own in the company of such outstanding musicians as Barney Kessel, John Williams and, their friend and mine, Ronnie Scott.
Click for the liner notes to the Angel Air reissue: They are not a pop group.
Igginbottoms’s Wrench: Liner notes
From Allan Holdsworth Information Center. It is a story of a musical progression that four people have lived through. Retrieved from ” http: It was before the regular evening session had started and I was there at the request of a pop group called “Love Affair’ who had heard Igginbottom in Bradford and asked me for my opinion of them.
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