Gary Husband's Drive: Heaven In My Hands


Heaven In My Hands


Gary Husband's Drive


Hotwired (Abstract Logix ABLX 015)

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Gary Husband (drums, piano, synthesizer),

Richard Turner (trumpet), Julian Siegel (saxes), Michael Janisch (bass)


Composed by Mark King & Rowland Gould


Recorded: London, July 2008


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Drummer/keyboardist/composer Gary Husband's original intent was to form a new trio. But after hearing trumpeter Richard Turner he changed his mind and formed a quartet he calls Drive. For reasons stated later we will realize why this was a good idea.

Husband is best known in jazz circles as a highly sought-after drummer and keyboardist for such heavyweights as John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and Billy Cobham. He has also released two highly acclaimed solo piano records that offer his unique interpretations of McLaughlin's and Holdsworth's music. As composer and bandleader he has helmed several interesting projects, including a critically acclaimed series of concerts under the moniker "Force Majeure." Though Husband is best known for his contributions to the progressive jazz and jazz-rock genres, he is also familiar to some as the drummer for two stints in the English pop-rock-funk-fusion band Level 42. His interpretation of Level 42's "Heaven in My Hands" evokes his first time through with that band.

The opening melody is very beautiful. Husband's piano notes and the reverberating phrases from young trumpeter Richard Turner and saxophonist Julian Siegel hang in the air. You can reach out and pluck them. Once the introduction is put aside, a more aggressive up-tempo section enters. Bassist Michael Janisch takes his bass for a fast jog to offer rhythmic support along with Husband for some fine playing from trumpeter Turner and saxophonist Julian Siegel. This music wouldn't quite have worked right with only one horn. Some electronics are heard. A Milesian vibe takes over. Influences from the spatial elements of In a Silent Way and A Tribute to Jack Johnson are clearly heard and explored. Turner's trumpet in particular benefits from this reference. I suggest you listen to the tune six times. The first time listen to it as an organic piece of music. Then the next four plays, focus on one instrument each time. Finally, listen the sixth time for a full understanding. After hearing this music I am very interested in where Gary Husband's Drive will take us next.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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