Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful Vol's 1 & 2 [Abstract Logix]

The super-talented Gary Husband, a firstrank drummer, keyboardist, and composer, gathers eleven elite plectrum pals, including John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Robin Trower, and Steve Hackett (as well as six bassists), for a classic fusion foray.
By Chris Jisi ,

The super-talented Gary Husband, a firstrank drummer, keyboardist, and composer, gathers eleven elite plectrum pals, including John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Robin Trower, and Steve Hackett (as well as six bassists), for a classic fusion foray. On the bottom, Jimmy Johnson adds growling groove beneath McLaughlin’s tornadic solo on “Dreams in Blue” (plus his own soaring solo turn), fill-peppered feel for Holdsworth’s ringing “Fred 2011,” and deep, sustaining fretless on “Boulevard Balonyeo.” Elsewhere, Laurence Cottle is both rooted and reactive behind Herring on “England Green,” and Steve Price pushes and probes “The Maverick.” Most eye-opening is Mark King’s superb support and interaction, with fingers on “Alverstone Jam,” and with thumb and fingers on “Sulley.”