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Husband, Gary (Peter)

Gary Peter Husband, born June 14, 1960 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, is a jazz, jazz-fusion, rock and pop instrumentalist and composer.

Husband studied classical piano under Fanny Waterman and gained earliest prominence at 16 years of age as drummer with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He went on to play with a wide array of musicians and bands including Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, the Jim Mullen / Dick Morrisey Band, Mike Carr Trio, Turning Point, Gil Evans Orchestra, Ian Carr's Nucleus, RMS and the Gary Boyle Trio.

In 1979 he began a long-term working relationship with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and recorded the album Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. - the first of several recordings Husband produced for the jazz-fusion artist.

From 1989 to 1992, he played drums with a second edition line-up of the group Level 42, and can be heard on the albums Staring At The Sun and Guaranteed and performed with Sir George Martin, Swingout Sister, Spandau Ballet, Will Downing, John Farnham, and Alexander O'Neal among others before taking the double-role as keyboardist and second drummer for Billy Cobham. He went on to tour and record with artists such as Jack Bruce, Gary Moore, Ron Sexsmith, Jimmy Nail, Brian Houston, keyboardist Aydin Esen, pianist Geoff Keezer, Christian McBride, Andy Summers and the jazz fusion / jam band Gongzilla.

From 1998 to 2001, he fronted his first jazz group the Gary Husband New Trio featuring the bassist Mick Hutton and drummer Gene Calderazzo and recording the albums From The Heart and Aspire.

In 2001, he released his first solo piano album, The Things I See - Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth.In 2005, he recorded a followup entitled Meeting Of Spirits - Interpretations of the Music of John McLaughlin.

In 2004 and 2005, he led and composed for a group consisting of Randy Brecker, Jim Beard, Jerry Goodman, Elliot Mason, Matthew Garrison and Arto Tuncboyaciyan, entitled Gary Husband's Force Majeure. The project was originally sponsored by the Art's Council's Contemporary Music Network and BBC Radio 3's Jazz On 3. A DVD, Gary Husband's Force Majeure - Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, was released in 2006.

In the recent years Gary Husband has also toured and recorded with guitarists Mike Stern, John McLaughlin, Robin Trower, Ray Russell, the Christof Lauer Trio, Hamburg's NDR Bigband, Colin Towns, singer Al Jarraeu, Frankfurt's HR Bigband, and has performed with bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Jeff Beck, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Simon Phillips.

Gary Husband has performed drum clinics all over the world alongside drummers such as Billy Cobham, Chad Wackerman, Omar Hakin, Terry Bozzio, Steve White, Mark Mondesir, Dennis Chambers, Ricky Lawson and Vinnie Colaiuta.

In early 2008, he released The Complete Diary Of A Plastic Box - a reissue of his synthesizer-based debut album of 1998, as well as a solo piano album Shulgin's Songbook, (nterpreting music written by Russian songwriter alexander Shulgin. He also formed his current group Gary Husband's Drive, featuring saxophonist Julian Siegel, trumpeter Richard Turner, bassist Michael Janisch. The band released their debut CD, Hotwired, in early in 2009.

Husband is currently the keyboardist and second drummer in John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, as well as drummer with a newly reformed edition of Level 42 and the Robin Trower / Jack Bruce group.

Select Discography

With Allan Holdsworth

I.O.U. (1982)

Metal Fatigue (1984)

Sand (1985)

Atavachron (1986)

Secrets (1989)

Wardernclyffe Tower (1992)

Hard Hat Area (1993)

Then! (2003)

With Billy Cobham

The Traveler (1994)

Focused (1998)

Culture Mix (2002)

With Level 42

Staring At The Sun (1989)

Guaranteed (1990)

Live At The Apollo (2003)

With Gongzilla

Thrive (1996)

The East Village Sessions (2003)

Live In Concert & The East Village Studio (DVD) (2005)

With Gary Moore

Ballads & Blues (1994)

Dark Days In Paradise (1997)

A Different Beat (1999)

With Jack Bruce

Cities Of The Heart (1993)

Sitting On Top Of The World (1997)

With Brian Houston

Good News Junkie (1997)

With John McLaughlin

Industrial Zen (2006)

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival (DVD) (2007)

With Renato D'Aiello Euro All Stars

Introducing (2001)

With Christof Lauer

Blues In Mind (2007)

With Ray Russell

Goodbye Svengali (2006)

With Jimmy Nail

Crocodile Shoes 2 (1996)

Tadpoles In A Jar (1999)

With Jason Smith Trio

Think Like This (2004)

Tipping Point (2006)

With Asaf Sirkis

The Monk (2008)

With Robin Trower & Jack Bruce

Seven Moons (2007)

External Links

Gary Husband Official Website

Gary Husband Myspace Website

Gary Husband's Drive Website

Gary Husband at All About Jazz

Gary Husband at Drummerworld

Gary Husband at Zildjian


Interview with Mike Dolbear Drums by Mark Pusey

Interview at Jazz-Rock by John Pritchard

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