Gary Husband is one of a rare breed of musicians in that his expression is divided equally in his capacity as a drummer and a keyboardist of international repute. His classical roots, his quest and development in the improvisational, jazz and jazz/fusion areas – not to mention his tenure in the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits – are all evident inside Gary’s distinct and far-reaching musical personality. His solo album and DVD output over the last few years has also reinforced his status as a critically acclaimed writer and arranger in the contemporary music world.
In 1999 he formed GARY HUSBAND NEW TRIO www.newgaryhusbandtrio.com (with MICK HUTTON, bass, and drummer GENE CALDERAZZO) leading from the piano and keyboards. Material from this period is best represented on the album ASPIRE – GARY HUSBAND & FRIENDS (Jazzizit). In the summer of 2003, Gary was awarded a highly coveted place on the Arts Council of England’s CONTEMPORARY MUSIC NETWORK touring scheme to lead a hand-picked ensemble of world-class jazz musicians on a tour across the UK in March 2004. The project, entitled GARY HUSBAND’S FORCE MAJEURE, featured Grammy winning trumpeter RANDY BRECKER, bassist MATTHEW GARRISON, keyboardist JIM BEARD, trombonist and bass trumpeter ELLIOT MASON, Mahavishnu legend JERRY GOODMAN on electric violin, and the Armenian ‘world’ percussionist ARTO TUNCBOYACIYAN. The ensemble returned to the UK in March 2005 for a further series of concerts which included a wildly-received, sell-out week residency at London’s Ronnie Scott’s club.
Similar in concept and approach to his highly acclaimed piano CD release of 2001, THE THINGS I SEE – INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MUSIC OF ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (Angel Air Records), Gary’s new work (and fifth solo CD release) A MEETING OF SPIRITS – INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MUSIC OF JOHN McLAUGHLIN is available from Alternity Records now.
Gary continues to devote a portion of his time to other artists’ projects, new collaborations and educational programmes. His typically diverse range of associations (either playing keyboards, drums, or both) include (or have included) spells with artists such as BILLY COBHAM, ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, JACK BRUCE, JEFF BECK, JONAS HELLBORG, JIM MULLEN, GARY MOORE, LEMON ‘D’, RON SEXSMITH, STEVE TOPPING, RANDY BRECKER/BOB BERG QUINTET, DANNY GOTTLIEB, JASON SMITH TRIO, GONGZILLA, ANDY SUMMERS, ALAN SKIDMORE, AYDIN ESEN, GEOFF KEEZER, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, CHRIS SQUIRE, MARK KING (and the current) LEVEL 42, RAY RUSSELL, Hamburg’s NDR BIG BAND, MIKE STERN, CHRISTOF LAUER TRIO (with MICHEL GODARD) and a three-piece project with ROBIN TROWER and JACK BRUCE – (Please check out the recent release “SEVEN MOONS” on V-12 Records)
Gary appeared (in July 2007) at the Chicago Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival with JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, MATT GARRISON & VINNIE COLAIUTA and toured (performing keyboards and drums) in the US and Canada later in the year with the new band JOHN MCLAUGHLIN & THE 4th DIMENSION. Gary has also been recently touring (playing drums) in Europe with AL JARREAU and the NDR BIG BAND, and has since been performing further Spring and Summer 2008 tours throughout Europe with JOHN McLAUGHLIN’s 4th DIMENSION.