Video of the Day: Gary Husband and Alf Terje Hana share ‘The Trackers’ album introduction
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Iconic British drummer Gary Husband and renowned Norwegian guitarist Alf Terje Hana have teamed up with a whole host of bass greats for their new album Vaudeville 8:45
Released on Abstract Logix on 15 April, Vaudeville 8:45 features an array of virtuoso bass talent with such internationally acclaimed players as Mark King, Etienne Mbappé, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, & Øyvind Grong, Guy Pratt, and Kevin Scott filling the low end on this powerful jazz-rock-fusion set.
Gary Husband's resumé needs little introduction, with long stints with guitar giants John McLaughlin and Allan Holdsworth to his name, but the talented drummer/keyboardist continually seeks different worthy and intriguing paths to explore – whatever his vehicle of expression. So when his latest project is co-led by a comparatively under-the-radar musician – in this case, Norwegian guitarist Alf Terje Hana – additional curiosity ensues. To that end, the story of their collaboration begins with both a long admiration and a “shot in the dark” from Hana:
“Discovering Gary (through Allan Holdsworth’s I.O.U. album in 1982) was the start of a lifelong, fan-like observation for me. I was always catching up on what he was up to, and what turns he presented musically.” In recent years, Hana became so enticed by video clips from Husband popping up on the internet, it spurred him to reach out. ”I so very much wanted some of his ‘outer space’ and ‘not-within-my-reach’ stuff to blend into my music that I just sent a request. That’s how it started.”
Husband recalls their first musical encounter, “My introduction to Alf and his music was via an invitation to perform some keyboards on a track called “The Elders Too” for his 2016 album, Invisible Colours. Right from the start, I found myself under the spell of his powerfully evocative music. Then, penetrating that music expressively, I felt an effortless conversational empathy with Alf’s guitar utterances within the vibe of the composition. It all just seemed to click completely with Alf and his whole approach. I very much wanted to continue exploring the intriguing musical blend we make together.”
With the album set for release next week on 15 April, watch the video preview below to get a flavour of the project and for more visit linktr.ee/abstractlogix