I reviewed Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 early last year, concluding :
There is no fluff here – perhaps that is why this is ‘volume 1′, as the next volume is due in 2011 sometime. And while I might have appreciated getting more time to get to know each grouping on the record, this is Husband’s project, and if the goal was to show how vital and vibrant and versatile fusion can be in 2010 … and if that wasn’t the goal he should review the original goal! Because this record takes some of the great names in fusion, pulls them together and shows that the breadth of creativity and quality of music in the genre is perhaps greater than at any time in the last thirty years!
The second volume was originally due out in late 2011, but now we have the release date for the next set: February 21st! That’s right – next week! And as noted in my review and on the video below, it is again loaded with tons of great musicians making the absolute top-notch fusion style music.
There is an hour of great music including pieces from Jan Hammer, Miles Davis and Allan Holdsworth as well as several by Husband. Featured musicians run the gamut from Holdsworth to John McLaughlin to Jimmy Johnson to RObin Trower to Jerry Goodman and on and on and on! It promises to be another amazingly eclectic and electrifying collection!
Here is a great video that takes you inside the process of making the two-volume collection: