There are few musicians that display the kind of fluency, versatility and flexibility Gary Husband effortlessly seems to achieve. He has been lending his distinctive and dynamic presence to a plethora of musical styles with many of the world’s greatest musicians over the last few decades, and enjoys a fine international reputation for continuing to do so too. Not only this he double-duties on keyboards and is known the world over for his highly developed piano style and achievements as a composer, arranger and bandleader.
His distinctive style – first heard in the big band and classical realms – came to international prominence as far back as 1980 with Allan Holdsworth. Since then, his inimitable touch and flare has graced recordings by artists such as John McLaughlin, Gary Moore, Gongzilla, Jack Bruce & Robin Trower, Steve Topping, Billy Cobham Brit pop/funk group Level 42, NDR Big Band and many others. As a touring artist he is also regularly on the road internationally with artists such as Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern and many others. He also has toured, recorded or performed live with artists such as Al Jarreau, Jeff Beck, Vinnie Colaiuta, Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine, Janek Gwizdala, Simon Phillips, Andy Summers to mention only a few.
Of his many solo efforts his highly-acclaimed Force Majeure project in 2004/2005 featured Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Jim Beard, Matt Garrison and many others, and his recent Dirty & Beautiful album project (in two volumes) highlights Husband’s long-standing and celebrated approach to the jazz/rock realm (featuring performers such as Jan Hammer, Allan Holdsworth, Jerry Goodman, John McLaughlin, Steve Hackett, Robin Trower, Jimmy Herring, Alex Machacek among many others.)
He is also an internationally acclaimed drum clinician and has performed in this realm up alongside Terry Bozzio, Dennis Chambers, Billy Cobham, Omar Hakim, Ricky Lawson, Bernard Purdie, Todd Sucherman, Vinnie Colaiuta and countless others.
Zildjian has been his only cymbal of choice since 1980. Says Gary,: “Each beautiful cymbal Zildjian makes is like a precious jewel – distinctive, fantastically dynamic, always capable of wide expression and totally individual. Right now I’m exploring the darker series, particularly the Left Hand 22” Ride with rivets. My mainstays are without doubt the most versatile and consistently excellent “A” Custom range. Thank you always Zildjian! You are the best, and always the only real choice.”