Review: The Terry Hanck Band And Friends – Gotta Bring It On Home To You

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014


The Terry Hanck Band And Friends – Gotta Bring It Home To You

(Delta Groove Music: DGPCD164)

The Chicago-born, South Florida-based saxophone player Terry Hanck has followed up his “Look Out!” release of 2011, with this party-of-an-album, “Gotta Bring It On Home To You” – a joyous 10-song collection of both originals and covers – that find him accompanied by his top band, and with a host of musical friends along for the ride.

The music is produced by Hanck himself and the great Chris ‘Kid’ Andersen, who also lends his guitar skills to several tracks, as well as organ on one. The Terry Hanck Band comprise of long-time guitarist, Johnny ‘Cat’ Soubrand, and the rhythm section of  Tim Wagar (bass) and Butch Cousins (drums), Apart from the afore-mentioned Andersen, guests include Debbie Davies, JimPugh, Doug James, Bob Welsh and Lorenzo Farrell . . . a fine ‘cast list’ indeed!

Opening proceedings is the Elvin Bishop song, “Right Now Is The Hour”, a rollicking, soulful affair that is dominated by Hanck’s tenor saxophone; and it is followed by some classic BB King in “Whole Lotta Lovin'” – a showcase for the superb guitar playing of Johnny ‘Cat’ Soubrand, and beautifully driven by the rhythm section of Wagar and Cousins.

The party atmosphere of “Pins And Needles” is great fun, with Jim Pugh on Farfisa organ and more tasteful saxophone from Hanck himself; the instrumental “T’s Groove” certainly does that – written in the 90s and performed live at the time and now recorded for posterity, and indeed the following “My Last Teardrop” is also a ‘revisit, with a definite New Orleans feel that recalls the masters of the ‘Crescent City’, and it also shows what a fine voice Terry Hanck possesses.

Elsewhere a highlight is the Tommy Ridgley cover from the 1950s, “Jam Up”, with the horns of Hanck and guest Doug James blasting away and rip-roaring piano from Bob Welsh . . . and more guitar fireworks from Soubrand. The penultimate track, the title cut, “Gotta Bring It On Home To You” features shared vocals with Debbie Davies and is a tune written for Hanck’s wife and again has an excellent saxophone solo, and guitar spots for both Davies and Soubrand.

The funky and lengthy “One Horse Town” that was originally recorded by the late, great Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland brings this super album to a great conclusion, with Doug James again helping out.

A highly recommended release of great r&b, soul and blues with a stellar cast of great players.


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