The Texas Horns review…May 17, 2015…

THE TEXAS HORNS

BLUES GOTTA HOLDA ME

VIZZTONE VT-TH-01

SOUL STROLL–GO ON FOOL–YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY–KICK ME AGAIN–COLD BLOODED LOVER–LOST MIND–SING SING SING (MAKE A BETTER WORLD)–RIPPIN AND TRIPPIN–BLUES GOTTA HOLDA ME–PEOPLE GET READY–CALDONIA–HOME COOKIN–SPANKY’S TWIST

The Texas Horns are Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff on tenor sax and harp, John Mills on baritone sax, and Al Gomez on trumpet.  They have been playing festivals and backing many blues legends on countless recording sessions for the last fifteen years.  They always wanted to put out their own album, and now it’s a reality.  Vizztone Records is proud to present The Texas Horns with “Blues Gotta Holda Me,” thirteen cuts of swingin’ band originals and covers that let these fellows do what they do best–put the fun back in the blues in the vein of Louis Jordan and Wynonie Harris, when the horns were the boss.

Some of the best players on the planet are special guests, too.  Marcia Ball on piano and vocal turns in a fine read of “Go On Fool,” while Kaz blows harp as W. C. Clark sings about a “Cold Blooded Lover that ain’t got no soul.”

As one would expect with talents of this caliber, this set is full of funky instrumentals.  Leading off is the swingin’ Kaz original, “Soul Stroll,” with guest guitar from Anson Funderburgh, while “People Get Ready” uses the power of the horns to capture the spirit of Curtis Mayfield’s original.  The set closes with another original, “Spanky’s Twist,” and everyone takes a solo.

We had several favorites, too.  Kaz takes lead vocal on the title cut, a jumpin’ dance floor romp that features piano from Johnny Nicholas as Kaz bemoans “livin’ like a hobo and lost all my mojo since The Blues Gotta Holda Me.”  Nick Connolly takes the vocal and piano as the horns give a Mardi Gras feel to Earl King’s call for unity, “Sing Sing Sing (Make A Better World).  And, no album of this stature would be complete without a visit from “Caldonia,” with Kaz on vocal.

An album like “Blues Gotta Holda Me” from The Texas Horns is just what the blues doctor ordered.  It’s a good-time set that’s sure to have widespread appeal!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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