Exposé Online banner

Gary Husband — Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1
(Abstract Logix ABLX 027, 2010, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2011-06-01

Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 Cover art

The idea of Jan Hammer and Allan Holdsworth playing together on a single recording (likely a fantasy of fusion fans everywhere) has come to pass on this new album from Gary Husband. Husband’s multiple roles as composer, drummer, and keyboardist have pushed him to new creative heights on this disk, which serves not only as a career overview but as a sign of new musings to come. Hammer gives us a trademark solo on the disk opener “Leave ‘Em On,” with Holdsworth providing shimmering chordal backing. He shines on the sly harmony intervals leading into Hammer’s tune “Between the Sheets of Music,” which features Mahavishnu alumnus Jerry Goodman on violin as well as Husband’s powerful drumming. The real surprise track is a short version of the Miles Davis classic "Yesternow" with Robin Trower. In contrast, “Afterglow” has Steve Hackett making a cameo appearance that showcases his warm recognizable tone. Other notable tracks include “Dreams in Blue,” which provides a glimpse of what life is like in Husband’s gig supporting John McLaughlin; the composer plays both drums and keyboards on this track. Together Husband and McLaughlin have a unique bond. Two jam pieces are also included, both bass-and-drum workouts. The first has longtime Holdsworth bassist Jimmy Johnson, and the second has Level 42 bassist Mark King, who really funks it up on “Alverstone Jam.” One can hardly wait for Volume 2 and can only imagine how many jaw-dropping pieces have been saved for it.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Steve Hackett, Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Gary Husband

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia – With In Absentia, Steven Wilson and company add a few new tricks to their musical bag, the first being really heavy riffing. Not that a heavy riff is anything new to this band, but these are...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues