Gary Husband's new album Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 is now available for pre-order from Abstract Logix. The disc will begin shipping on November 16th. This looks to be an amazing album. Here is the write-up and tracklisting from the ABLX website:
Over the course of a remarkable, still-unfolding career, Gary Husband has defined himself as the ultimate musician’s musician: a fiery, perceptive presence who elevates every scenario – from the tightly arranged to pure, open-ended improvisation. His newest solo album Dirty & Beautiful Volume One , available via Abstract Logix on November 16, is a riveting showcase for the many gleaming facets of his musical imagination. As befits his reputation among fellow performers, the album finds drummer and keyboardist Husband joined by an enviable cast of supporting musicians, among them John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Robin Trower, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Jan Hammer, Mark King (Level 42), and more. Longtime fusion enthusiasts will note that Dirty & Beautiful marks the first time that iconic guitarists John McLaughlin and Allan Holdsworth have appeared on the same album, and the first time that McLaughlin, Goodman, and Hammer have been heard on the same project since the glory days of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Husband has honed his formidable skills as a sideman with such exacting artists as McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Robin Trower, Billy Cobham, Gary Moore, Level 42, Andy Summers, and many, many more. Currently, he is touring internationally as keyboardist and additional drummer with John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, and is extensively featured on the group’s new album To The One. On his own, he has released a series of acclaimed albums ranging from solo piano projects to intricate full-band explorations of the intersection of jazz sophistication and rock exhilaration.
With a second volume to follow in Spring 2011 featuring Jimmy Herring, Alex Machacek, John McLaughlin and many others, Dirty & Beautiful Volume One is Husband’s most ambitious and captivating solo project yet. Composed of compelling new originals alongside reimagined classics from the pens of Miles Davis, Jan Hammer, and Holdsworth , Dirty & Beautiful Volume One boasts a range of materials and contributors that, Husband explains, “actually resembles closely what my diary looks like. It documents some of the many relationships and avenues of participation I am fortunate to enjoy in my working life as a musician, with artists that I both love and admire.”' Expertly steered from the meditative to the relentless by Husband’s propulsive yet nuanced drumming and nimble, harmonically daring keyboard work, Dirty & Beautiful Volume One is a valuable, long-awaited showcase for one of contemporary fusion’s most powerfully inventive figures.
Gary Husband (Drums and Keys);Allan Holdsworth (Guitar); John McLaughlin (Guitar); Robin Trower (Guitar); Steve Hackett (Guitar); Steve Topping (Guitar); Jan Hammer (Keyboards); Jerry Goodman (Violin); Jimmy Johnson (Bass); Mark King (Bass); Laurence Cottle (Bass); Livingstone Brown (Bass); Steve Price (Bass)
Track 1 Leave Em On Track 2 Bedford Falls Track 3 Between the Sheets of Music Track 4 Yesternow Track 5 Afterglow Track 6 Dreams in Blue Track 7 Ternberg Jam Track 8 Moon Song Track 9 Swell Track 10 Maverick Track 11 Boulevard Baloneypo Track 12 Alverstone Jam
Sonically Speaking is about to prove why Prashant is a triple threat – as a player, a writer, and this time around a producer. Ten brilliant compositions and Prashant’s signature guitar playing make this third album his best yet. The new album features, Rhonda Smith (Jeff Beck, Prince) on Bass and Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Tribal Tech, Steve Lukather) on Drums. His Indian roots shine through with the addition of Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla.
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bright morning, world-renowned drummer Marco Minnemann settled down
behind the DW kit in his secluded hideaway, punched the record button,
and proceeded to pound out an astounding 52-minute improvised solo. When
it was finished, he christened it Normalizer 2 and offered it as
a sort of gift to a handful of his favorite guitarists, hoping that
they would each add their own signature madness to the mix.
Mike Keneally was someone Marco hoped would dig the idea. In the throes of recording his intense and complex Scambot 1 opus, Mike leapt at Marco's offer— the creation of Evidence of Humanity would be a joyous, freewheeling counterpoint to his meticulous work on Scambot. "A fun ride," Mike would recall. (Of course, Marco recorded his own fantastic version, too, available at marcominnemann.com.)
ecstatic result is two of the world's foremost musicians improvising
together, but not at the same time. It's a record unlike any other that
Mike has recorded (but probably closest to Nonkertompf, his indefinable, mostly instrumental 1999 solo extravaganza). Evidence of Humanity seems to have a life of its own, mutating and maturing with each listen.
Accompanying the Evidence of Humanity
CD is a DVD containing a tasty reimagining of the original concept.
This time, Mike and Marco got together in real time and vaulted into the
ether for another 52-minute musical improvisation, a feat that was
videotaped for your pleasure. The DVD also includes an insightful
conversation between the two kindred musical spirits, shot in the back
seat of a car hurtling toward the Southern California desert's
dilapidated Salton Sea."
Guitarist Prashant Aswani has announced that his new album, Sonically Speaking, will be released on November 1st. The album also includes Rhonda Smith on bass, Joey Heredia on drums, Abhijit Banerjee on tabla, and special guest guitarists Brett Garsed, and Rob Caggiano. I'm definitely looking forward to this one - Prashant is a great player, and this disc has a killer lineup. I'll post more details as they become available.