Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946) is an English guitarist and composer. He has released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played many different styles of music over a period of four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion. A player noted for his advanced knowledge of the fretboard and innovative playing, he is cited by many rock and instrumental guitarists as an influence; such renowned names including Eddie Van Halen,Joe Satriani,Greg Howe,Shawn Lane,Richie Kotzen,John Petrucci and many others. Frank Zappa once called Holdsworth "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet".