Gary Husband & Alf Terje Hana, Vaudeville 8:45, Featuring Etienne Mbappe, Guy Pratt, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Kevin Scott, Mark King and Øyvind Grong…
Multi-Instrumentalist Gary Husband, known for his extraordinary contributions with John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Robin Trower, Billy Cobham and Jack Bruce is releasing his next studio album Vaudeville 8:45 in collaboration with Norwegian guitarist and composer Alf Terje Hana, well known for his stellar work with The Police drummer Stewart Copeland as well as his own band Athana. The Trackers feature seven extraordinary bass players, Etienne Mbappe, Guy Pratt, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Kevin Scott, Mark King and Øyvind Grong.
“I became really into the idea of casting Alf to occupy the guitarist role. He sounded nothing like Allan or John McLaughlin, which was important to me. Plus, his way and trajectory are very different from mine. He’s unlike any musician I’ve ever worked with. In a way, we are quite unlikely musical bedfellows, but I knew that the new avenues presented by such a great artist – one that occupies worlds quite different from mine – would stretch me and demand new approaches from me.”
Hana’s initial trepidation seems somewhat amusing as it’s apparent fairly immediately on Vaudeville 8:45that he’s a compelling co-conspirator and provocateur to Husband. And while he may exhibit trace connections to guitarists as disparate as Jeff Beck, David Torn, and Terje Rypdal, they’re culled by Hana into a musical avatar that’s as singular as it is exciting, as Husband confirms.
While these key bass contributions substantially elevate the proceedings, they also further highlight what an exceedingly rare vein of collaboration gold Husband and Hana have struck. Together they have created a uniquely broad and stylized sonic canvas on Vaudeville 8:45 – one that elicits bold strokes and fresh colors from all involved. For Hana, it’s a deserved entrée to a larger audience. For Husband, it’s an unquestionably exciting addition to an already impressive musical CV. More importantly, The Trackers represents exactly what he had been searching for – a new way indeed. One can hope that it’s just the beginning.
Vaudeville 8:45 releases worldwide on April 15, 2022, on Abstract Logix Records but is available through Bandcamp on March 15, 2022, as a special Fan Only edition which is accompanied by a bonus Radiohead cover “All I need” which appeared in their 2007 album, In Rainbows.