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

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride – Over the last ten years or so, Strawbs have toured and recorded in various configurations, from a three-piece acoustic trio to a fully amplified five-piece electric band. The Broken Hearted Bride...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues