Review: The Terry Quiett Band – Taking Sides

Posted on: Saturday, Jun 21, 2014


The Terry Quiett Band – Taking Sides

(Lucky Bag Records: LB2014)

Over the past few years the Wichita, Kansas based band have not only burned rubber on the highways of America plying their trade to all that will listen to their particular style of blues but, they have no doubt also probably burnt a few eardrums as well.

Now with this album, the follow up to “Live at the Orpheum”, we are treated to a very old fashioned album approach to the music; that being the fast and furious numbers being played first on the ‘A’ side and the mellow and more soulful material played on the ‘B’ side. I know this is only happening in your mind because, no one actually has to get up out of their chair and turn the record over to hear the music but, nonetheless it nice to have the choice between heavy and hard or light and airy and in this case it happens at a flick of the switch.

Now to the music, there are thirteen numbers in all and only one is a cover, Joining Terry who takes lead vocals and guitar, is Rodney Baker; drums and Nathan Johnson; bass, together they have produced a dazzling collection of fireworks and feeling.

As one would expect, the opener of side ‘A’ “Come the Morning”, is a roaring, guitar snarling hill country foot stomper that features the insistently urging howling harmonica of ‘Mississippi’ Hal Reed. On the frenzied slide and harmonica dominated “Nothing at all”, it is a duel to the death (or at least exhaustion). “Voodoo Queen”, is a refreshingly no-nonsense loud and proud, heads down intricately played boogie.

Side ‘ B’ allows the very fine horn section of Scott Williams; tenor saxophone (organs and keyboards), Brad Turgeon; trumpet and Jordan Northerns; trombone to excel, adding depth and colour to numbers such as; the brooding and chorus rising soul blasting “Gimme Some”, a tale of nocturnal delights. The striding funk filled “Get Back On”, merges punching horns with equally meaty and lyrical guitar passages. On the soul infused numbers Terry’s vocals seem to mutate from his normally gruff and burly approach to that of Mick Hucknall.

As mentioned earlier the cover is of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On”, and I have to say that I am impressed for, his delicate and restrained lyrical guitar work fuses splendidly with the sublime horn section, which is seriously seductive, the sweet rising trumpet is a pleasure to hear.



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