Drummer/Keyboardist Gary Husband Interviewed at AAJ


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Gary Husband has long cemented his reputation as one of fusion's premier drummers--hell, even Billy Cobham thought two was better than one and hired him as a second drummer. Husband's flexibility has seen him drum in the NDR Big Band, with jazz-funk outfit Level 42, and in a trio format with guitarist Robin Trower and bassist Jack Bruce.

Since the early '90s he has built an impressive discography as a leader which underlines his status as a composer of note. Two solo- piano albums, bold and personal interpretations of the music of guitarists and fellow Yorkshiremen, Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, are a reminder of Husband's equally impressive skills as a classically trained pianist--one with a unique vision.

Hotwired sees Husband at the head of a vibrant, pulsing acoustic quartet which recalls the best of Tony Williams' combos. It also reveals another side of Husband's drumming which has the snap and crackle of Elvin Jones no less.

AAJ contributor Ian Patterson spoke at length with Husband about parallel and sometimes intersecting careers as a drummer and keyboardist, working with John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth and, most importantly, his hot new group, Drive, and its debut album on Abstract Logix, Hotwired. Be sure to check out his in-depth and insightful interview, Gary Husband: There were these three Yorkshiremen... at AAJ today.

AAJ's commitment to providing the most extensive coverage possible continues with four additional features to celebrate the February 17, 2009 release of Hotwired:

  1. Read Ian Patterson's review of Hotwired, published today;

  2. Read John Kelman's Extended Analysis of Hotwired, also published today;

  3. Listen to and/or Download “The Defender," the nearly 10-minute opening track to Hotwired, today's AAJ Daily Download;

  4. Watch Gary Husband's Drive perform “Take the Coltrane," another track from Hotwired, at the group's June, 2007 live debut at The Vortex in London, England, today's Daily Video.

AAJ's goal is to bring you the most comprehensive coverage possible, so be sure to check out all the buzz about Gary Husband's Drive and Hotwired at AAJ today!

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