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Local musician launches new project

TRURO - Jazz lovers take note - Gordon Tucker has finished an album of jazz standards.

Gordon Tucker's newest album is available to music lovers at Mingo Music. The Gordon Tucker Jazz Trio, featuring Liam Tucker and Gerry Carruthers, is a project the Upper Stewiacke musician has been wanting to record for a few years.

Tucker, who lives in Upper Stewiacke, began working on the project about six years ago.

"This is a different project for me," said Tucker. "It's a real personal favourite of mine. It's something I enjoy doing and something I've been wanting to do for a while."

Tucker, who is well-known in the local music industry, finalized the project this past winter. The Gordie Tucker Jazz Trio features himself and his son, Liam, as well as Gerry Carruthers.

"Liam is my favourite bass player, and Gerry is my favourite jazz piano player around the area. We've worked together on and off over the years doing gigs. My initial plan was to record an album with them. This is my favourite combo."

The album features jazz standards on the fiddle - some that are well-known, others not so well-known.

Over the years, Tucker got busy with other projects and the jazz album got pushed to the wayside.

Along with jazz music, Tucker performs traditional fiddle music, and plays the guitar, bass and drums, and he sings.

"I make a living doing it. A lot of it is traditional fiddle or folk, pub-style music."

For years, Tucker has performed at a dance in Onslow with Ivan and Vivian Hicks, and he travels throughout the province performing with others, including Garrett Mason.

He just spent his long weekend as the sound guy for Concert in the Park - in Support of Hub House.

"It's so easy to get busy doing other things, but I made a commitment to get this done this winter," he said.

The album is currently available at Mingo Music in Truro.

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