The Texas Horns review…May 19, 2019….

THE TEXAS HORNS

GET HERE QUICK

SEVERN RECORDS  CD 0075

GUITAR TOWN–I’M DOIN’ ALRIGHT, AT LEAST FOR TONIGHT–FEELIN NO PAIN–FIX YOUR FACE–BETTER GET HERE QUICK–LOVE IS GONE–2018–SUNDOWN TALKIN’–FUNKY APE–SOULSHINE–YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS–TRUCKLOAD OF TROUBLE

Kaz Kazanoff and John Mills formed the Texas Horns in 1997, and trumpet man Al Gomez joined some twelve years ago.  Together, they are a formidable unit, able to play anything in any style, either pre-arranged or improvising in a jam-style setting.  That’s why they will be the “house horn” section for the upcoming Ottawa Bluesfest on July 6.  Meanwhile, they have finished their Severn Records debut, “Get Here Quick,” releasing May 24.  It features vocals and guitars from a veritable “Who’s who in contemporary blues,” including, on the vocal roster, John Nemeth, Curtis Salgado, Gary Nicholson, Guy Forsyth, and Kaz.  The guitar players are just as stellar, featuring Anson Funderburgh, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Moeller, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.

There are five outstanding instrumentals that fuse elements of vintage soul, blues, and, even a nod to The Big Easy.  The varied slate of vocalists give a unique spin to the band originals and the two Gary Nicholson-penned songs, “Fix Your Face,” and “Soulshine.”  Carolyn Wonderland plays the jilted lover to the hilt, vowing to land on her feet, “I’m Doing Alright, At Least For Tonight.”  Curtis Salgado looks at the same lost love from the guy’s point of view, this time seeking the cool, dark of the evening for solace, sadly realizing that “it’s just the Sundown Talkin.”

Our favorite was easy.  Set over a scathing groove with Kaz on echo-effect vocals, “You Can’t Be Serious” calls out the current powers-that-be for catering to “a rich man’s paradise,” “taking from the many, giving to the few,” and, “I can’t believe this mess belongs to you!”

The Texas Horns worked for a year or so on “Get Here Quick,” juggling the schedules of the plethora of great players who appear herein to get as many at one time as they could into the studio.  The final product was well-worth the wait, tho, with some brilliant, horn-driven blues!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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