There are some touching comments (included below) in original response to this project from the legendary John McLaughlin, and from Allan Holdworth himself.
THEY SAID ...
It has been a considerable time since I heard a truly new kind of recording. This is one of those, and in addition it is from a musician whom I have known and admired for many years, not only for his wizardry at the piano, but for his artistry at the drums! As a musician for the great majority of my life, I can inform you that this is no small accomplishment. In this recording we hear him playing the music of another innovator, guitarist Allan Holdsworth, whom he has accompanied at the drums for many years and is intimately acquainted with his music. I recall a concert of Allan in London some years ago, and after the performance I went to see him backstage only to tell him that if I knew what he was doing, I'd steal it! The guitaristic prowess of Allan is well known amongst the musical, and particularly, the guitar community of the world. Along with his mastery, his musical conceptions and compositions are equally well known and admired. It is perhaps the marvellous combination of Gary's immense musical talent as a pianist, and his knowledge of Allan's strange and beautiful music from the point of view as a drummer who knows so well the rhythmic intricacies of his compositions that make this recording so appealing to me. Thanks Gary!
~ John McLaughlin - February, 2001
Gary Husband is a true friend and has been for over twenty years.
Since we met, I have always thought of him as a musical and spiritual brother. Gary has always had the ability to interpret my music in a way that was, for want of a better phrase, like one. He is one of the most talented and original musicians I have ever had the pleasure of making music with.
When I heard Gary was going to make a recording of some of my music, I was, of course extremely flattered. But upon hearing it, I was moved to tears.
This recording is beautiful, magic. Absolutely true to the spirit of the music.
Not only does he showcase the compositions in a very beautiful and classical way, but more so and without a doubt, showcases his truly amazing talent.
Thank you Gary Husband so very, very much.
I love you, always.
~ Allan Holdsworth - October, 2001