Life With Gary Husband

One of the most captivating and electrifying drummer/pianist/composer and arrangers in contemporary music today, Gary Husband leads an extraordinary handpicked all-star cast of some of the world's most distinctive, creative and ground-breaking musicians through an unforgettable performance of original music.

Feat: Jerry Goodman & Randy Brecker

Manchester Life Café, Monday 7th March 2005,
£16 (Plus Booking Fee)

Following the resounding success of the Contemporary Music Network and BBC Radio 3 commissioned UK tour which premiered in March 2004, Gary Husband’s Force Majeure is returning, by public demand, one year on, to perform a further series of concerts on stages across the UK.

Performers: Gary Husband (drums/piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Jerry Goodman (electric violin), Jim Beard (keyboards), Elliot Mason (trombone/bass trumpet), Matthew Garrison (bass), Arto Tunçboyaciyan (percussion).

Known throughout the world as a first-rate drummer, working with artists as diverse as Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham, Allan Holdsworth, Level 42, Gary Moore, Jimmy Nail, and Andy Summers, Gary Husband’s solo recordings reveal him to be a pianist, composer and bandleader of outstanding merit and one who knows no musical boundaries. This tour profiles this exceptional ability with original compositions alongside unexpected and innovative interpretations of Burt Bacharach, Björk and John McLaughlin, representing an opportunity for Gary to express what is at the very heart of his creativity and to reach new heights in his quest for an original and genre-defying sound. The BBC Radio 3 Jazz on 3 commission comprises a suite of music inspired by magnificent architectural structures and with its unusual instrumentation gives great scope for exploring new sounds and textures, conveying the composer’s passion for harmony and form as well as the influences of musical visionaries from Stravinsky, Fauré and Tippett through to Stan Kenton, Miles Davis and Joe Zawinul.

Each member of this exceptional line-up has been hand-picked for their own commitment for breaking new ground and refusal to being affiliated to any one genre. One coup is that this band is the first to bring violinist Jerry Goodman back to the British stage since 1973 where he appeared as one of the original members of John McLaughlin’s influential jazz/rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra. There Goodman used his violin to create phrasings and sonorities previously associated with the electric guitar, which he has since expanded to create a dynamic and aggressive style that fuses rock with classical. The fact that star trumpeter Randy Brecker sounds like no-one else also made him a dream choice for this line-up. A highly versatile player, Randy has been shaping the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than three decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Chaka Khan, George Benson and Parliament-Funkadelics to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Randy teamed up with his brother Michael first in the band Dreams and then famously in the popular funk-orientated Brecker Brothers during the 70s and again with a much-heralded reunion in the 90s. Joining Force Majeure on bass is Matt Garrison, the son of John Coltrane’s bassist Jimmy Garrison, who has also made a name for himself as a superb player, performing and recording with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Joe Zawinul, Joni Mitchell and producing his own solo recordings for his label GarrisonJazz Productions.

Press Quotes (from 2004 tour):

[Husband] used his drums to propel the band to one thunderous groove. The resulting explosion of musicianship was flabbergasting, and it had the crowd baying as if they were at a rock gig. The Guardian

The quality of [Husband's] writing, and his all-stars’ inspired response to it, produced a performance that ranks among the year’s best. London Evening Standard

Husband was always at the very heart of the music. It was a powerful and passionate performance from one of the major forces in contemporary music today. Jazz UK Magazine

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