Review: Terry Quiett Band – Just My Luck

Posted on: Sunday, May 22, 2011


“Just My Luck”
(Lucky Bag Records – LB 2011)

From rural Kansas comes tasteful guitarist and singer Terry Quiett, who originally was a solo singer/songwriter, with a generous 13-track album, “Just My Luck”, produced by the legendary Jim Gaines, and recorded at The Brickhouse Studios, Wichita – in the company of his rhythm section of Aaron Underwood (bass and backing vocals) and Rodney Baker (drums), with keyboards handled jointly by Rick Steff and Beau Jarvis.

The tracks are all self-penned, showing Quiett’s talent not just as a guitar slinger, but writer too . . . indeed the trio have a lot more going for them than some ‘power trios’, with a lot of ‘light and shade’ on offer, all well played, and excellently produced by Gaines, the man probably most famous for producing the late, legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The opening “Karma” is a fluid, funky rocker, punctuated by some tasteful leads and slide work by Terry Quiett, and punched along by the fine rhythm section of Underwood and Baker, and filled out by Rick Steff’s organ playing; the following”Work For It” has a slight jazzy ‘late night’ edge to it and highlights Quiett’s clear and powerful voice, with more thick-toned guitar leads. “You’re My Kind” returns to the funky side of the band, with the pace taken up on the blues shuffle “Big Man Boogie”, this time featuring the piano of Beau Jarvis and more snarling leads from Quiett.

“Getting Through To Me” is a chunky, muscular mid-tempo blues rocker, with plenty of the standout guitar work that dominates the whole album. The sparse acoustic blues of “Judgement Day” switches direction again, with Quiett excelling on resonator guitar on this tale of a love triangle, with tough, gritty vocal. “The Woodsman” is a moody tale of a woodsman taking on a wolf, with acoustic slide intro leading to a driving electric riff.

Elsewhere, the slide-driven “Pound Of Flesh” is another tough rocker, again with sterling work from the driving rhythm section; “Signs Of Decline” again rides on a nice groove with plenty of guitar fireworks, as does “Satisfied” – with Rick Steff featuring again on this track, complementing Terry Quiett’s masterful guitar playing, which here provides more fine soloing.

This most enjoyable release comes to a close with the ballad, “Close To You”, as Quiett bares his soul to his lady . . . . with restrained guitar solo and heartfelt vocal . . . . a gentle end to a mainly uptempo album, but very varied and introducing a new name, who is certainly a very fine musician and a name to watch out for.


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