Born: June 14, 1960 Primary Instrument: Drums
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 (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. Gary composed, arranged and directed the band from the drum kit and piano, presenting a series of evocations inspired by musical pioneers such as Bjork, Burt Bacharach and John McLaughlin, and the BBC Radio 3 commissioned suite (Stone Souls). To coincide with the release of the group's highly-acclaimed 2-disk 5.1 Surround DVD package, 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....
Gary Husband and Alex Machacek have co-created an amazing piece of modern music which goes beyond categories with “Now”. The compositions and forms that they have made to expand and improvise with are adventurous and magical. The duet is an orchestra unto itself and the players are obviously very comfortable within each others’ universes. They have taken good care of the sonics of the recording as well with a wonderfully rich sound and perfect mix. Congratulations my friends! CHICK COREA – 2013
“A musician whom I have known and admired for many years, not only for his wizardry at the piano, but also for his artistry at the drums! Gary is no ordinary musician: full of invention and surprises, modulations and inversions of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic content abound. Immense musical talent.
“Gary is one of my all time favourite drummers. And so I really wanted to have Gary on there (“Seven Moons” - Robin Trower/Jack Bruce 2008) because I knew he could add a lot to it, and he did. You don’t need to tell him a lot, he just knows what to do. And that’s my kind of drummer, you know?
“That’s a different kind of drummer then anybody I ever worked with. Obviously Jack (Bruce) had worked with him before. And it was Jack that recommended him. I just think he has another dimension as well, Gary.”
Gary's pretty much of an improvisational genius to me. It's like he's always coming up with new stuff; you never know what you're going to get from him. As far as I'm concerned, Gary's one of the greats. He's an amazing drummer, and he's always been special to me because the way he plays the drums within my music is about as close as you can get to the way that I hear it. It's always been like that, and I've known him since he was about eighteen. He is one of the most talented and original musicians I have ever had the pleasure of making music with.
“You should hear the tunes Gary writes, plus the way he plays. The guy's a genius. Gary's a three-dimensional man. I first heard him on an Allan Holdsworth recording in the early '80s. My impression was that this is where I'd like to be, in terms of my overall musical musical presentation through the drumset. Gary looks at music from a three-dimensional creative perspective, in that he's able to view a performance from the keyboardist's, guitarist's, and drummer's position. This means that what's played on the drumset is quite in sync with the musical information emanating from any of the three instruments working in a particular musical presentation ... and he does this rather effortlessly!”
Gary is always moving forward as he plays. Even minimalist grooves are alive with purpose. He's the man.
HANSFORD ROWE (GONGZILLA)
I remember when I first saw him play, back in 1979, I knew there was something special about that guy. He's bad, man.
“The drummer I’ve been looking for all my life.”
Gary is such a great drummer, and an equally great pianist!
Who plays with more passion, heart and heat? Nobody!
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN
You don't have to watch Gary Husband at work for long to realise that he's the kind of artist who pours every personal resource he can tap into his intense and passionate music... Husband is now widely credited for the brilliant pianist he is. Remarkable virtuosity allied with sensitivity.
JOHN FORDHAM, THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER, UK
Multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre-busting musician Husband takes a plaintive piano stance on some interesting music composed by an able purveyor of electric fusion. The result is music as ethereal as Keith Jarrett's and grounded as Geoff Keezer's.
C. MICHAEL BAILEY, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, US, August 2001 (On The Things I See - Interpretations Of The Music Of Allan Holdsworth)