Title - 'Mustang Run' (Cleopatra Records)
Artist - Carl Verheyen
As yet another member of Super tramp (guitars, percussion, backing vocals; 1996–2002, 2010–present; touring musician: 1985-1986) released a solo CD this year, it got me wondering what their music was like before Breakfast In America turned them into commercial superstars of the charts. And wow, yes, what great classic music they produced. So it was no surprise to hear that once this new solo CD from guitar legend Carl Verheyen was playing in the office that I was hooked immediately.
As you all may well know, Supertramp are an English rock band formed in 1969 (although initially under the name Daddy, before renaming themselves in early 1970) and though their music was initially categorized as progressive rock, everybody knew straight away that they were much more a combination of traditional rock and pop.
In his 40-plus years of playing the guitar, the man with e highly-impressive multi-faceted career is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso. Capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and instant conviction, Verheyen is not only a guitarist but a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide thus far!
Ergo, on his brand new CD Mustang Run instead of tackling it alone he has also enlisted the combined talents of Simon Phillips (Toto, Protocol II), Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, Bill Evans, Jimmy Johnson, Stuart Hamm, and Gregg Bissonette. His last CD was entitled Trading 8s and was a collaboration with some of his guitar-playing friends. Whereas Mustang Run he finds collaborative inspiration from the rhythm section instead.
And so what we have on Mustang Run is a little left of center for Verheyen in that it is a progressive instrumental album. Using this band of bass players and drummers, all long-term friends, he has incorporated some melodic qualities that wll most definitely endure the test of time. Listening repeatedly to songs such as ‘Fusioneers Disease,’ ‘Taylor’s Blues,‘ ‘Spirit of Julia,’ and even his version of ‘Bloody Well Right,' you will find yourself discovering new musical notes, new angles, new avenues that you hadn’t heard the first couple of times. Trust me, Mustang Run is an incredible, innovative and highly enjoyable new addition to our office.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk