Dirty & Beautiful, Vol. 1

Dirty & Beautiful, Vol. 1

by Gary Husband
     
 

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Fusion isn't as plentiful as it was back in the 1970s, which was the golden age of fusion just as the '30s and early '40s were the golden age of swing and the mid- to late '40s and '50s were the golden age of bop. But noteworthy fusion can still be found if you know where to look for it, and Gary Husband's Dirty and Beautiful, Vol. 1 is an example of noteworthy

Overview

Fusion isn't as plentiful as it was back in the 1970s, which was the golden age of fusion just as the '30s and early '40s were the golden age of swing and the mid- to late '40s and '50s were the golden age of bop. But noteworthy fusion can still be found if you know where to look for it, and Gary Husband's Dirty and Beautiful, Vol. 1 is an example of noteworthy 21st century fusion. An impressive cast of fusion icons joins the British keyboardist/drummer/composer on this 2010 release, including guitarists Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin and keyboardist Jan Hammer; guitarist Robin Trower, who is best known for hard rock and blues-rock, is also on board. With such a cast, one would expect five-star results. But Dirty and Beautiful, Vol. 1 falls short of exceptional, although it's still an enjoyable, solid outing as well as a fairly diverse one. This 51-minute CD, which is dominated by Husband's original material, has its more aggressive moments (including "Ternberg Jam" and "Dreams in Blue"), but many of the tunes are on the reflective, contemplative side; that is certainly true of "Bedford Falls," "Afterglow," "The Maverick," "Averstone Jam," and the mysterious "Boulevard Baloneyo." And Husband reminds listeners that quality fusion, like quality bop, quality Dixieland, or quality swing, isn't just about pyrotechnics -- which is why there is a lot of lyricism on this album to go with all the chops and technical proficiency. Fusion enthusiasts will appreciate the amount of nuance that Husband and his soloists bring to Dirty and Beautiful, Vol. 1.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
Label:
Abstract Logix
UPC:
0700261307053
catalogNumber:
27

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Husband   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards
Jerry Goodman   Violin
Steve Hackett   Guitar
Robin Trower   Guitar
Jan Hammer   Keyboards
Allan Holdsworth   Guitar
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Mark King   Bass
Livingstone Brown   Bass
Laurence Cottle   Bass
Steve Price   Bass
Steve Topping   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Jan Hammer   Composer
Allan Holdsworth   Composer
Mark King   Composer
Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Robert Feist   Engineer
Gary Husband   Composer,Producer
Steve Topping   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Samuel Navel   Engineer
Marcus Wippersberg   Engineer
Souvik Dutta   Executive Producer
Troo Heath-Crew   Artwork
Amol Tikam   Artwork

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