Terry Hanck review…April 16, 2014…

THE TERRY HANCK BAND

AND FRIENDS

GOTTA BRING IT ON HOME TO YOU

DELTA GROOVE MUSIC  DGPCD 164

RIGHT NOW IS THE HOUR–WHOLE LOTTA LOVIN–PINS AND NEEDLES–PEACE OF MIND–T’S GROOVE–MY LAST TEARDROP–THERE’S NO GETTIN’ OVER ME–JAM UP–GOTTA BRING IT ON HOME TO YOU–ONE HORSE TOWN

We’ve been fans of Terry Hanck since his days with Elvin Bishop.  His relationship with Delta Groove began in 2011 with the release of “Look Out,” and in 2012 he won both the Living Blues and Blues Music Award for Best Horn.  He has just released “Gotta Bring It On Home To You” for Delta Groove, and this year again finds him nominated in the upcoming BMA’s for Best Horn.  This album solidifies the reason why he’s such a fan favorite.  He is a charismatic performer and his sax playing and singing are reminiscent of the greats such as Lee Allen and Cannonball Adderley, while his original compositions all have that bluesy “cool” that is so easy to enjoy.

On this set, Terry is joined by Johnny “Cat” Soubrand and producer Chris “Kid” Andersen on guitars, Tim Wagar on bass, and Butch Cousins on drums.  There are also a few special “friends” that round out the festivities that we’ll get to in a bit.

The good times git to rollin’ on the opener, “Right Now Is The Hour,” which follows a Hank Ballard-styled groove as Terry reminds us that “Father Time is creepin’ in,” and tomorrow might not come!”  “Pins And Needles” is a good rockin’ rhumba number, with Farfisa organ from Jim Pugh, and guitar from Kid Andersen.  “T’s Groove” is a sweet-and-soulful original instrumental, and your pleasure is doubled by the addition of Doug James on baritone sax as he and Terry mortally raise the roof on Tommy Ridgely’s classic, “Jam Up!”

We had two favorites, too.  Another of Terry’s originals, “Peace Of Mind,” finds him happy to have found that one true love.  His vocal, along with Kid’s guitar, has a decided West Side feel, reminiscent of Magic Sam.  And, Debbie Davies adds guitar and duet vocals on the gentle lope of the title cut, as two long-distance lovers strive to keep it together despite the miles between them.

Terry Hanck continues to bring those good rockin’ blues to the masses.  His voice is in outstanding form, and he plays one of the meanest saxes on the planet. “Gotta Bring It On Home To You” is one helluva good ride!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

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