"Don´t go to Orange for your guitars, don’t listen to any music, don’t buy any records. That [you are supposed to listen to other people´s music] is bulls**t. Do that and you’re perpetuating the whole trip – just another suburban Clapton."
MOJO called him "One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
He practically invented the legato, four-finger, hammer-on technique later embraced by famed guitarists like Edward Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, et al.
Primarily with Timebox and Patto, he incorporated jazz voicings in his rock music, and was key to the creation of jazz-rock, later known as fusion.
Ollie Halsall approached the electric guitar from a whole new perspective. Sublimation was the essence of his musical expression. His nonconformist attitude led him to play like no one else did before him; yet, that very same distinction put him in a unique place in rock music as one of its most significant ’unsung’ guitarists.
© LFV / John Engel
A huge chapter is devoted to Ollie in the book Uncommon Sound, with exclusive quotes from Kevin Ayers, John Halsey, Chris Holmes, and others.