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Gary Husband: Dirty & Beautiful : Volume 2

We had a feeling this was coming, what with Gary Husband calling his previous album Dirty & Beautiful: Volume 1 and all. The multi-instrumentalist has attracted a wide range of guests to help him execute his vision, which lives unabashedly in the land of ’70s and ’80s jazz-rock. The guy has no problem getting help, having played with an eclectic roster of artists, from Jeff Beck to the Pet Shop Boys.

Though the leader is a musician who plays keyboards and drums (on the same tracks, overdubbed), Dirty & Beautiful: Volume 2 hangs together on its guitarists. Husband may be in charge, but he is smart enough to share the limelight-in some cases, hand it over-to people like Neil Taylor, who gives up a solo on Jan Hammer’s “Rain” that is deliciously stuck in ’80s rock; Wayne Krantz, whose interplay with Husband’s electric piano drives the uptempo on-the-spot composition “East River Jam”; John McLaughlin, whose crunching, bluesy work on “Sulley” recalls his days with Miles Davis’ fusion outfits; and Mike Stern, who solos ad infinitum, and with endless creatively, over Husband’s churning rock rhythm on “Rolling Sevens.”

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