Multi-dimensional drummer, keyboardist, composer and arranger Gary Husband hits his stride with “Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2″, his latest release on Abstract Logix Records. “Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2″ features an explosive all-star line-up of guest musicians such as John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Jan Hammer, Robin Trower, Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Mark King, Alex Machacek and Mike Stern.
“Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2” does not merely pick up where 2010’s Volume 1 left off. Volume 2 expands upon Gary’s musical vision of creating music that is passionate and sophisticated, yet infused with grit and rawness. The mix of Husband originals and cover tunes are driven by the combination of the dynamic powerhouse drumming, ferocious lead lines and distinctly evocative keyboard harmony that altogether define Gary Husband’s “multiple threat” of a musical voice.
Selected highlights of “Dirty & Beautiful Volume2″ are FRED 2011: A reworking of the classic Allan Holdsworth song with Holdworth on guitar and synth-master Jan Hammer taking an extended fire breathing solo. SULLEY: a stompin’ rocker with the great John McLaughlin on guitar and bassist Mark King getting down and dirty. YESTERNOW EPILOGUE: guitarist Robin Trower continues his Strat-soaked blues rave-up that was teasingly hinted at on YESTERNOW PREVIEW from Volume 1. Alex Machacek deliciously smouldering on his self-penned LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BROTHERS. ENGLAND GREEN: an evocative Husband original with Jimmy Herring playing the lyrical theme on guitar. NEW BLUES, OLD BRUISE: a John McLaughlin composition given a jazzier edge featuring rising tenor sax star Sean Freeman. Not to mention other new GH originals featuring the angular intelligence of Wayne Krantz and the fiery, electric bop of Mike Stern.
With a roster of top-tier musicians and stellar performances, Gary Husband’s “Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2″ promises to be one of the most musically exciting and musically rewarding releases of 2012.
Allan Holdsworth (Guitar), Gary Husband (Keyboards / Drums), Jerry Goodman (Violin) and John McLaughlin (Guitar).
01. If Animals Had Guns Too (Gary Husband) 02. Rolling Sevens (Gary Husband) 03. New Blues, Old Bruise 04. East River Jam (Gary Husband) 05. Fred 2011 (Allan Holdsworth) 06. Rain (Jan Hammer) 07. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Brothers (Alex Machacek) 08. Fugie (Gary Husband) 09. Sulley (Gary Husband) 10. England Green (Gary Husband) 11. Yesternow—Epilogue (Robin Tower)
Recorded at Eastcote Studios (London), Red Vine Studios (Austria), Conway Recorders (Los Angeles), The Summerhouse (Isle of Wight), Mediastarz Studio (Monaco), Red Gate Studio (Kent, New York), East River Joint (New York) and Room 16 (London) Mastering at Finesplice (London).
"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 and instinctive.."