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Gary Husband & Alex Machacek: Now

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Over the course of the past decade or so, Abstract Logix has gone from being a web-based shop front for all things fusion--and that's fusion in the true sense of the word, by the way; not just the high octane, often pyrotechnic genre it's narrowed down to over the decades--into a record label with a small but significant discography whose roster includes everyone from Jimmy Herring and Wayne Krantz to Lenny White and John McLaughlin. It made its next inevitable step in 2010, when it hosted the New Universe Music Festival, in its home based of Raleigh, NC--a high-powered two-day ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2

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Drummer and keyboardist Gary Husband follows up Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 (Abstract Logix, 2010) with a second volume, consummated by a star-studded aggregation of progressive rock, jazz-rock and jazz fusion instrumentalists, most of whom are Abstract Logix recording artists. Husband draws upon disparate frameworks; jazz improvisation, electronica, and other facets seed a fertile underpinning in concert with the musicians' signature styles.A drummer possessing gargantuan chops, these days Husband has been manning the keyboards for guitarist John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension band. For the uninitiated, Husband is an accomplished keyboardist who interconnects an all-encompassing musical persona via his solo ...

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Catching Up With Gary Husband

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Gary Husband has wind in his sails these days. The pianist/keyboardist/drummer and composer has released three outstanding records in nearly as many years, all on Abstract Logix: the heady post-bop Hotwired (2009); the jazz-fusion all-star extravaganza Dirty & Beautiful Vol 1 (2010), and the eagerly awaited follow-up, 2012's Dirty & Beautiful Vol 2. His Dirty & Beautiful sets have brought together some of the biggest names in jazz fusion, whose myriad colors illuminate Husband's strong compositional frameworks. What emerges from Vol 2--in addition to a whole bunch of sparks--is Husband's growing stature as a keyboard player of ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2

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With friends as talented as those of pianist/drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband, the musical possibilities are mouthwatering and seemingly endless. With a riotous assembly of jazz fusion greats playing their butts off, Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 follows suit from Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 (Abstract Logix, 2010). Several threads tie the two records together. Many of the musicians here were on the first record, and Volume 2 is another guitar-centric feast, boasting animated performances from John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Alex Machacek, Jimmy Herring and Wayne Krantz. Friendships are the common denominators throughout, and the playing is consequently open, exuberant ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2

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Gary Husband Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 Abstract Logix 2012 If ever there was a musician whose efforts to redefine and reestablish himself are both worthy of attention and working, it's Gary Husband. Emerging as a powerhouse drummer with Allan Holdsworth in the guitarist's I.O.U. band of the early 1980s, Husband has striven to raise his profile as a keyboardist since the turn of the millennium, turning in two overlooked (and stunning) solo piano tributes to Holdsworth and John McLaughlin with The Things I See (Angel Air, 2001) and A Meeting of Spirits (Alternity, 2006), ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2

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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 ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume One

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It's almost a shame that Gary Husband's follow-up to the excellent Hotwired (Abstract Logix, 2009) did not take that exciting young ensemble to the next stage, were it not for the fact that Dirty & Beautiful brings together an exceptional line-up of some of the most innovative and influential musicians of the last forty years. Although Husband has formed decades-long musical relationships with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and Level 42 bassist Mark King, his projects as a leader have generally been characterized by their one-off nature; Husband as a drummer, pianist and composer, pours his heart and soul into a work ...

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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1

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For some, recruiting an all-star cast means nothing more than a budget to support it, but in the case of Gary Husband's Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1, it reflects the many friendships the keyboardist/drummer has built over the years--all clearly happy to help deliver the album that should, by all rights, put him more squarely on the map as a leader in his own right. John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Robin Trower, Level 42...all well-known names in jazz and rock/pop circles; and yet, Husband has never managed the same cachet. Since focusing on making his keyboard work an equal to the ...

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Under Seven Moons: Bruce, Trower & Husband in Cologne, Germany Feb. 26, 2009

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Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, Gary Husband Die Kantine Koln, Germany February 26, 2009

Music, like many of life's other great personalized pleasures (romance, fine dining, etc.), must often be considered in stages: immediate sensation, subsequent impact, lingering perception--each has a vital role in determining how chosen delicacies play out in the taste buds of long-term memory.

So it was in Cologne with the return of Jack Bruce, Robin Trower, and Gary Husband. The bassist Bruce and drummer Husband share formative, traditional jazz roots and have ventured along classical and abstract fringes over ...

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Gary Husband's Drive: Hotwired

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It's a happy state of affairs when a new band gels and the chemistry realizes, as far as is possible, the ambitions and intentions of the leader. Gary Husband must be reasonably delighted with the vibrant horn pairing of experienced saxophonist Julian Siegel and newcomer trumpeter Richard Turner, which brings such thrust and zest to Hotwired. He must be similarly thrilled with the empathetic partnership he has struck up with bassist Michael Janisch, which swings the session mightily.

Drawing inspiration from gutsy acoustic combos such as those led by drumming legends Tony Williams and Elvin Jones and trumpeter ...

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Gary Husband: There were these three Yorkshiremen...

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Gary Husband has long cemented his reputation as one of fusion's premier drummers--hell, even Billy Cobham thought two was better than one and hired him as a second drummer. Husband's flexibility has seen him drum in the NDR Big Band, with jazz-funk outfit Level 42, and in a trio format with guitarist Robin Trower and bassist Jack Bruce.

Since the early '90s he has built an impressive discography as a leader which underlines his status as a composer of note. Two solo-piano albums, bold and personal interpretations of the music of guitarists and fellow Yorkshiremen, Allan ...

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Gary Husband's Drive: Hotwired

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Gary Husband's Drive Hotwired Abstract Logix 2009 Keeping one foot in the jazz tradition and the other on a path to where the music not just can go, but must go is a dicey challenge, even for the most forward-thinking. In many respects, it's the musicians who have spread themselves well beyond even the most distant fringes of jazz who are best prepared to find their way towards a new amalgam that's undeniably jazz but doesn't feel trapped in a glass showcase. Drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband has led a career that's included work in the fusion ...

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Gary Husband: The Complete Diary of a Plastic Box

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One of the biggest surprises for those who thought of Gary Husband as a drummer was his keyboard work on guitarist John McLaughlin's recent 4th Dimension tours (Fall, 2007/Spring, 2008) Still, those in the know are familiar with Husband's double life on albums including The Things I See (Angel Air, 2004), Aspire (Jazzizit, 2004) and A Meeting of the Spirits. But it all began with Diary of a Plastic Box, an album Husband crafted over a period of five years in hotel rooms, dressing rooms and tour buses on the road with Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, Jack Bruce and Level ...

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Gary Husband: A Meeting of Spirits: Interpretations of the Music of John McLaughlin

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As a followup to his remarkable The Things I See: Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth (Angel Air, 2001), veteran drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband tackles another guitar legend on A Meeting of Spirits. Both records are wonderful solo piano tributes to their sources' distinctive compositional skills and harmonic innovations. But Husband's latest effort takes the concept of homage a step further by including original compositions that live in McLaughlin's universe, but continue to define his own personal sphere as well.

Appreciated for many years as a drummer but long undervalued as a pianist/keyboardist, Husband's multifaceted talent has come into a ...



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