Among a number of rather startling virtues in Dirty & Beautiful, Vol. 1 by rising fusion skinsman Gary Husband is the almost beatific fact that Jan Hammer is back in his old pre-Miami Vice form…just for a single track, true, but breathtaking in its chopsmanship harking to the old Mahavishnu Orchestra / Billy Cobham / John Abercrombie era when the guy was hands-down one of the absolute best there was.  However, if one cut isn’t enough, let me add that Husband likewise plies keyboards with a fluency somewhere between the esteemed Hammer, Robin Lumley, and Manfred Mann.  Then there’s the CD’s smorgasbord of sit-ins: John McLaughlin, Robin Trower, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Hackett, and others.  With that, you know what to expect.  And you get it in spades….  Husband’s already played with many of these sessioneers, and the ones he hasn’t toured with are talking about him…

Expect as much in the way of abstraction as in fiery pyrotechnics.

Mark S. Tucker, Fame/acousticmusic.com, 2010