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Multitalented drummer, keyboardist, composer, and arranger Gary Husband continues to raise the bar with each successive release, and 2012's Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 is no exception. Volume 2's collection of originals and fusion classics follows Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 (Abstract Logix, 2010), featuring many of the same collaborators, but with some additional powerhouse guitarists rounding out this heady lineup.
Of particular interest is the appearance of young Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex Machacek
, who contributes his original "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Brothers" to an already potent group of tunes. Tears for Fears' Neil Taylor contributes some deliciously blues-inflected guitar work on keyboardist Jan Hammer
' New Lifetime classic "Fred" takes on new life as "Fred 2011," with the guitarist's prowess at the helm of a group also including Hammer, bassist Jimmy Johnson and Husband, on drums. Husband also revisits his own "England Green," previously featured on 1999's Diary of a Plastic Box (reissued Angel Air, 2008), with guitarist Jimmy Herring