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Gary Husband:

“The Things I See”
(Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth)

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About the Music | Liner Notes | Selected Quotations

Gary Husband: "The Things I See (Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth)"

Gary Husband: piano

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About the Music {top}

Highly acclaimed for his associations with Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, Level 42, Jack Bruce and his own "New" Trio as both a drummer and keyboardist, Gary makes his solo piano debut on Art of Life Records with these dynamic new interpretations of Allan Holdsworth compositions. Using layered, multi-tracking and "drum kit" piano approaches, Gary preserves the essence and originality of Allan's music while, at the same time, providing the listener with an exciting and totally unique personal musical statement.

Liner Notes {top}

It has been a considerable time since I heard a truly new kind of recording. This is one of those, and in addition it is from a musician whom I have known and admired for many years, not for his wizardry at the piano, but for his artistry at the drums! As a musician for the great majority of my life, I can inform you that this is no small accomplishment. In this recording we hear him playing the music of another innovator, guitarist Allan Holdsworth, whom he has accompanied at the drums for many years and is intimately acquainted with his music.  I recall a concert of Allan in London some years ago, and after the performance I went to see him backstage only to tell him that if I knew what he was doing, I'd steal it! The guitaristic prowess of Allan is well known amongst the musical, and particularly, the guitar community of the world. Along with his mastery, his musical conceptions and compositions are equally well known and admired. It is perhaps the marvellous combination of Gary's immense musical talent as a pianist, and his knowledge of Allan's strange and beautiful music from the point of view as a drummer who knows so well the rhythmic intricacies of his compositions that make this recording so appealing to me. Thanks Gary!

John McLaughlin - February 2001

Selected Quotations {top}

Gary Husband is a true friend and has been for over twenty years.

Since we met, I have always thought of him as a musical and spiritual brother. Gary has always had the ability to interpret my music in a way that was, for want of a better phrase, like one. He is one of the most talented and original musicians I have ever had the pleasure of making music with.

When I heard Gary was going to make a recording of some of my music, I was, of course extremely flattered. But upon hearing it, I was moved to tears.

I heard through the "grapevine", much to my dismay, there have been people who had gripes about these interpretations. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND, THIS IS WHAT THIS RECORDING IS ALL ABOUT - INTERPRETATIONS!!!!!!

This recording is beautiful, magic. Absolutely true to the spirit of the music (This is not some verbatim, clone ridden B.S.)

Not only does he showcase the compositions in a very beautiful and classical way, but more so and without a doubt, showcases his truly amazing talent.

Thank you Gary Husband so very, very much.

I love you, always.

Allan Holdsworth - October 2001

His piano playing is one of the best kept secrets in music.
Billy Cobham

This sharply focused album is made entirely from "Interpretations of the Music of Allan Holdsworth", 10 tracks of solo piano played by a musician at the height of his powers... The result is a terrific album, full of flights of virtuosity, clever references to the jazz and classical repertoires and plenty of sonic surprises... Husband has taken possession of [Holdsworth's] music, but in the friendliest possible way.
John L. Walters - The Guardian Newspaper "CD Of The Week", September 7th, 2001

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, and brings out the best of Holdsworth's composer's imagination... Remarkable virtuosity allied with sensitivity.
John Fordham - JAZZ UK

A quantum leap for the drummer/pianist. The originality of the melodic and harmonic content is remarkable... establishing a parallel version that stands up in its own right. This is not only a brilliant piece of creative piano work but an excellent example of a tribute project that adds to the subject-matter. Allegedly available only from, this really ought to be stocked by all enterprising retailers.
Brian Priestley - Jazzwise Magazine

Husband, quirky and totally open to the inspiration of the moment, is an original... The results here are absorbing and impressive.
Jack Masserik - Evening Standard Hot Tickets Magazine - UK

[Husband's] considerable dexterity and fluency, his pianistic elegance and sureness of touch make this album such a memorable exposition of Holdsworth's celebrated approach.
Chris Parker - Jazz Review Magazine - 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

The first thing to strike you about Gary Husband's piano playing on this recording is the spirituality, a fleetingness in touch reminiscent of John McLaughlin's devotional playing during his Chinmoy days, or Alice Coltrane's journeys into the ethereal beyond... Husband plays the piano on this CD - the whole damn thing by the sound of it - not just the keys, but the strings, legs and lid as well!! But this is not vacuous pyrotechnics - it's true to the original context... This is a recording that rightly reidentifies the piano as a percussion instrument - and it took a drummer to do it!!
Julian F. Derry - The John McLaughlin Archives

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