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Wayne Tucker: Wake Up And See The Sun

Wake Up And See The Sun

Around a month ago trumpet player Wayne Tucker released his album “Wake Up And See The Sun”.

Wayne Tucker is a 30 year old trumpet player/composer/arranger based in New York City. He is a 2009 graduate of the Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase under the direction of Todd Coolman. Wayne has played with many of today’s current Jazz stars including Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cyrille Aimee, and Pop stars like Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello, Matt Simons and Ne-Yo.

He just returned from a European tour with drummer Al Foster.

His new album is a mix of Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop and some classical elements. All the material is very well arranged, excellently played and perfectly recorded and mixed. Each time you listen to the CD you will find new interesting elements, so this is an album that unfolds its class only after you have listened to it multiple times.

I asked Wayne about what inspires him when writing songs and his simple answer was “for each of the songs I was inspired by my life’s experiences”. Looks like he has a colorful life.

The first song on the CD is called “Bad Religion” and starts slowly with a poem from Dev Avidon, the sound engineer of the album, which he wrote “for the sense of imagery and imagination”.

The title song “Wake Up and See The Sun” comes with very nice horn arrangements and is in Wayne’s words  “about a girl that I used to date and takes us through the ups and downs of the relationship”.

Wayne has also the talent to write catchy pop songs and he proves it with the song “Little Buddy” where he sings together with Cyrille Aimée.  A very light and easy song which crawls into your ear and brain and you don’t want it to end. Lucky enough we get a reprise of this song in “Little Buddy Reprise”.  Wayne produced a video for this reprise and you find the link below.

Wayne became an actor in the short film “Hotel Bleu”. He also wrote the music for this film and you find the opening score called “Tears” on the album.

The song “Humans Groove Harder Than Robots” a Salsa-inspired funky groove tune is according to Wayne “about the wave of technology that we’re currently experiencing. In my perception the thing that separates humans from robots is emotion, which is what gives music character and emotion.” Absolutely right and the solos on this tune are the best evidence for this argument.


The album is available on CD Baby (my favorite online CD store). Please use the link below to listen to the tracks and to order the CD:


Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues


Another brand new CD for all guitarists comes from Carl Verheyen. It’s called “Essential Blues” and is obviously a Blues album.

Blues is especially for us guitar players a genre which we like to listen to and also include in our playing. I think the guitar is the blues instrument par excellence.

Carl Verheyen plays what I would call intelligent blues, like Robben Ford or Eric Clapton do. Carl is one of the big names in the LA studio scene, he is member of the rock group “Supertramp” since 1985 and he has basically played everything possible (TV shows, movies, recording and performing with rock and pop superstars in the last 30 years).

But he has this love with the blues and this album is like a kaleidoscope of contemporary blues. We find songs from Peter Green, Alvin Lee, Ray Charles, Willie Cobbs and also originals from Carl Verheyen plus one traditional, all arranged differently in style and sound.

There are songs very straight played like “I Take What I Want”  or “Stealing Gasoline”, some blues-rock in “Oh Well” or slow blues tunes like “Someday After A While”.

“Dodging The Blues” is a slow moll instrumental blues composed by Carl with an amazing guitar sound (reminds me a little bit of Pink Floyd).

My favorite song of the album is the Alvin Lee tune “I May Be Wrong” played with very jazzy intro.

The album closes with the Ray Charles song “Hard Times” with just guitar, bass, tambourine and vocals, also very beautiful.

The album was recorded live in three days in February 2017 and according to Carl, the “self inflicted parameters were: I would play just 2 guitars, 2 amps, do no overdubs and everything must be played and sung live in the room with bass, drums and keyboards. “. The result of these three days is a great spontaneous album, very compact but also very precise. A perfect example that it is all about the music itself, or as Carl said: I abandoned all the self doubt and just “went for it.”

Carl plays typically a Fender Stratocaster (this guitar is also the star on the CD cover) which has this sometimes a little bit thin but very distinctive sound.

As said, this is blues guitar album, it shows the different styles of blues that exist today all played in perfection. Obviously Carl Verheyen gets a chance to play great guitar solos but also Jim Cox on keyboards (piano and organ) shines as a soloist. This album gets a clear recommendation from me.

The other good news is that he will be in Europe in October and November this year, he visits Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. Details can be found on Carl’s website:


Carl also produced a nice video during the recording of the album: