The Terry Hanck Band Live review…July 7, 2016….

THE TERRY HANCK BAND

FROM ROADHOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE LIVE!

VIZZTONE RECORDS  VT-TVR-406

GOOD GOOD ROCKIN’ GOIN’ ON–FLATFOOT SAM–JUNIOR’S WALK–WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN YOUR BABY LEAVES YOU–SMILIN’ THROUGH MY TEARS–I DON’T LOVE YOU NO MORE (I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU)–AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE A WOMAN–CAN I CHANGE MY MIND–OCTAVATE’N–LIVE TO LOVE–PEACE OF MIND–SLIP AWAY–CUPID MUST BE STUPID

He just won the Blues Award for Best Horn two months ago in Memphis, to go along with his numerous other accolades.  He spent ten years in Elvin Bishop’s band, and has led his own crew for nearly thirty years!  Of course, we are talkin’ ’bout none other than  sax legend Terry Hanck, who’s back with a scorching live set from the 2015 California State Fair, entitled “From Roadhouse To Your House–Live,”  on the Vizztone label.

Over these thirteen tracks, Terry mixes originals and covers, and his own vocals with impressive solo breaks throughout.  His backing crew includes Johnny “Cat” Soubrand on guitar, Tim Wagar on bass, Butch Cousins on drums, and very special guest Jimmy Pugh on the keys.  They don’t waste any time “pluggin’ into the socket just like Davy Crockett” on the leadoff original, “Good Good Rockin’ Goin’ On,” featuring a strong solo from everybody.  Terry and the fellows lay down some sweet soul music with most excellent takes on “Can I Change My Mind,” and Clarence Carter’s classic cheatin’ song, “Slip Away.”  Terry’s got that perfect vocal style that punctuates these two perfectly.  They work six minutes of pure jazzy bliss in the form of Dave Specter’s instrumental, “Octavate’n,” and close the set with a shot of Fifties-inspired jump-blues, “Cupid Must Be Stupid.”

We had two favorites, too—one original and one cover.  The original is Terry’s awesome tribute to Junior Walker, gettin’ everyone in tune with “Junior’s Walk,” a sho’ nuff old-school Motown rave-up!  And, an extended intro breaks down into a real barn-burner, the “historical ” tale of Eve, Lot’s wife, Delilah and others, “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman!”

Terry Hanck has been on the scene since the halcyon days of the Bay Area blues-rock beginnings, and continues to blow like Hell in today’s contemporary arena.  He’s at his best in front of a crowd, and “From Roadhouse To Your House–Live!” shows you what good sax is all about!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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