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Highlights From Tour In 2004

by Gary Husband's Force Majeure

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In 2004 I was awarded a most coveted position of being funded to write for and to tour an ensemble of my imagination and desire. This was by way of the incredible Contemporary Music Network that was - an organisation housed within The Arts Council of Great Britain that was set up in 1971 to fund UK tours by some of the most innovative and interesting musical artists.

I was blessed to get the opportunity and I remember the incredible sense of anticipation and intense excitement as I wrote and set my imagination to work.

I’d thought of an angle. I was going to celebrate and evoke three legendary yet fairly disparate artists who I regarded as game-changers in music - people who went against the grain and avoided the typical or conventional at all costs. They were Burt Bacharach, Björk and John McLaughlin.

The second half of the concert was devoted to a suite I wrote inspired by buildings and their architecture, past and present. This I had named The Stone Souls. The encore consisted of a somewhat angular arrangement of a Hank Levy composition named “Chiapas” which I heard the Stan Kenton Orchestra play when I was 12.

Throughout the material I wrote (in the grand tradition established by Duke Ellington) directly for the players concerned and with them in mind.

The “front line” consisted of what was to me a most intriguing blend to write for - violin, trumpet and trombone. And the players I refer to need no introduction from me. For violin there was nobody for me but the one and only Jerry Goodman from The Mahavishnu Orchestra. On trumpet my legendary friend Randy Brecker, and playing trombone, a blazing and every bit as riveting new star; Elliot Mason.

For the rhythm section I wanted New York all the way. I was long an admirer of the work of keyboardist Jim Beard and bassist Matthew Garrison and ran it by them. I knew Jim and Matthew’s stellar work with John McLaughlin’s Heart Of Things band and I knew they were tight together. For percussion I called on someone also close to Jim and Matthew; Arto Tunçboyaciyan - who’s amazing work I had heard with the Joe Zawinul Syndicate.

Aware as I was of them all equally as unique and compelling improvisers, I set out to create my compositional vehicles with plenty of interactional and improvisational space for them all to feel comfortable and have room to play. And after one brief afternoon’s rehearsal we set about the this hugely memorable tour.

In 2005 we got the band together for another tour, but in a way it had all been said the year before. And from the 2004 tour there was audio of the shows that I’ve had stowed away for many years. I thought it would be a great opportunity to make them available now.

The band’s Royal Festival Hall concert, (only our second!) was filmed for a (now long ago deleted) video release by a company named RSJ Groove, and some highlights of that film can be seen at my official YouTube channel.

I hope very much you enjoy some of the selected clips from the concerts that I’ve compiled here. I’ve had a lot of joy hearing it all again myself.

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released August 11, 2020

GH Official YouTube - youtube.com/c/garyhusbandkeyboardsanddrums
GH Twitter - twitter.com/GHusband
GH Facebook - www.facebook.com/GaryHusbandMusic
GH Instagram - www.instagram.com/garyhusband1

Gary Husband’s Force Majeure were:
Randy Brecker - Trumpet
Jerry Goodman - Violin
Elliot Mason - Trombone & Bass Trumpet
Jim Beard - Keyboards
Matthew Garrison - Bass
Arto Tunçboyaciyan - Percussion & Vocal
Gary Husband - Drums & Grand Piano

All compositions written by Gary Husband except Track 4 by Björk and Gary Husband.
All arrangements by Gary Husband
Produced by Gary Husband.
Optimisation and Mastering: Markus Reuter.

Recorded live at a number of concert halls in England in March 2004.

“(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

Special thanks to CMN, Art’s Council England, BBC Radio 3 Commision, Steve Bingle family and RSJ Groove, Markus, Leonardo and Troo.

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Drummer, pianist/keyboards, composer, bandleader, educator. Independent/solo performer/member of John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension/co-leader of The Trackers. Known for his legendary association with Allan Holdsworth, he has also toured & recorded with Billy Cobham, Jack Bruce, Soft Machine, NDR Bigband, Level 42, Robin Trower, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Jack DeJohnette & Stick Men. ... more

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