ABLX 027 Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1
Produced by Gary Husband
Released on November 16, 2010
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M aybe you’ve never heard of Gary Husband before, so the cover wisely advertises an impressive guest list: John McLaughlin, Steve Hackett, Allan Holdsworth, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goldman. You’ve heard of these guys, maybe even carried a torch for a couple of them (in which case, you may already have met Mr. H on sundry Holdsworth or Level 42 albums). So Husband gets in on their graces, this despite the lackluster title and low-key packaging, and before you know it your fusion buttons are getting pushed in all the right places. Gary Husband, it turns out, is no mere jazz drummer but a double threat (drums/keyboards) and a solid composer to boot. Now, in this world there is no shortage of unremarkable jazz players making remarkable music, which is where I expected to file this album. But Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 is so much better than that, better than a lot of the fusion that still slips out into the 21st century fringes. I probably don’t need to tell you that the tracks with Holdsworth (actually a holdover from his recent live shows), McLaughlin and Hackett deliver the goods. And we can all agree that a one-minute track with Robin Trower in a Hendrix-styled power trio setting is a cruel tease. What surprised me is that those names on the righthand side that drew me in here aren’t the real draw; it’s Husband himself. Tracks like “Ternberg Jam” (dalek acid chatter, I wrote in my original notes), “Swell” and “Afterglow” are winners, despite featuring only Husband and (on Ternberg) bassist Jimmy Johnson. The remaining tracks are equally interesting, from the weirdly wound groove of Steve Topping’s “The Maverick” to an old Hammer song (“Between The Sheets of Music”) featuring Jerry Goodman on electric violin. Given the different players involved, Dirty & Beautiful is an eclectic offering, which reveals Husband to be not only multi-talented but multi-faceted. Honestly, I enjoyed this disc more than a lot of latter-day efforts from the masters, since at this stage you pretty much know what to expect from a Holdsworth, McLaughlin, Corea, Cobham, etc. With all the different pairings, this disc smartly samples Husband’s journey through jazz fusion and is richer for the fact that Husband has never been a one band man.


  1. LEAVE 'EM ON    (Allan Holdsworth)
  2. BEDFORD FALLS    (Gary Husband)
  3. BETWEEN THE SHEETS OF MUSIC    (Jan Hammer/Anthony Smith)
  4. YESTERNOW-PREVIEW    (Miles Davis)
  5. AFTERGLOW    (Gary Husband)
  6. DREAMS IN BLUE    (Gary Husband)
  7. TERNBERG JAM    (Gary Husband)
  8. MOON SONG    (Gary Husband)
  9. SWELL    (Gary Husband)
  10. THE MAVERICK    (Steve Topping)
  11. BOULEVARD BALONEYO    (Gary Husband)
  12. ALVERSTONE JAM    (Mark King/Gary Husband)


GARY HUSBAND -- keyboards, drums
Livingstone Brown -- bass (4)
Laurence Cottle -- bass (2,8)
Jerry Goodman -- violin (3)
Steve Hackett -- guitar (8)
Jan Hammer -- keyboards (1)
Allan Holdsworth -- guitar
Jimmy Johnson -- bass
Mark King -- bass (12)
John McLaughlin -- guitar (6)
Steve Price -- bass (10)
Steve Topping -- guitar (10)
Robin Trower -- guitar (4)
Souvik Dutta -- executive producer
Robert Fiest -- engineer
Marcus Wippersberg -- engineer
Philip Bagenal -- engineer
Samuel Navel -- engineer
Troo Heath-Crew -- artwork design & photography
Amol Tikam at Abstract Logix -- artwork production

US November 16, 2010 Abstract Logix CD ABLX 027  


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