The Terry Hanck Band – From Roadhouse to Your House – Live! | Album Review

terryhanckcdThe Terry Hanck Band – From Roadhouse to Your House – Live!

TVR Music/Vizztone Label Group

13 tracks

This is a fun live CD produced by Terry Hanck and Kid Andersen.  It was recorded at the California State Fair in July, 2015 and mixed in Andersen’s Greaseland Studio.  Terry is on vocals and plays tenor sax, Johnny “Cat” Soubrand is on guitar and vocals, Butch Cousins is on drums and vocals, Tim Wagar is on bass and Jimmy Pugh is the special guest on keys, a member of Terry’s old Berkely band The Rats..

“Good Good Rockin’ Goin’ On” opens the CD and showcases each member of the band.  Hanck blows his sax through the roof, Soubrand wails on guitar, and Pugh lays it out on the keys while the backline is solid.  “Flatfoot Sam” is an old Oscar Wills cut with plenty of horn and Terry revives it nicely as the band creates a great boogie woogie beat and interplay supporting his sax work.  “Junior’s Walk” is an original tribute to Junior Walker and features more mean horn by Terry.  The band is tight in support.  “Whatcha’ Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You” is a 1958 Chuck Willis cut that Terry struts and strolls through.  Sax and guitar solos and a little testifying to the crowd spice this up nicely.  The original “Smilin’ Through My Tears” is a slow, rocking blues that hearkens back to the days of sock hops and  dancing all night.  This cut would have been a favorite of the guys and gals as they slow danced into the wee morning hours.  The cover of “I Don’t Love You No More” by Jimmy Norman that was a big sax hit back in the day with some cool baritone sax.  Hanck replaces that with his tenor and gives a convincingly cool rendition.  The piano solo and work is also fun, and then the guitar joins the fray for more fun.  Louis Jordan’s “Ain’t That Just Like a Woman” gets a superb cover as Hanck and company jump and jove as few can.

The Tyrone Davis cut “Can I Change My Mind” from the 1960’s gets covered well as the band gets a little mellow as they swing through this old, great song.  Then we get to hear Dave Specter’s “Octivatin’” which is a fine instrumental from his Spectified album.  The guitar work does justice to Specter’s cut and Hanck’s horn takes it over the top. “Live To Love” is an original that follows and it’s another nice jump number  that is sweet and so is Clarence Carter’s “Slip Away;”  Hanck delivers the goods on originals and covers!  Hanck and Company complete the set with Hanck’s “Cupid Must Be Stupid,” a fine original that Hanck has done in the past wit many a great artist is support.  Huge guitar and sax solos and just great playing by all involved make this special.

I loved this CD.  Anyone wanting to hear great sax work with superb originals and fine covers and any lover of jump blues needs to get this fine live album.  Kudos to Hanck and Anderson for making it sound good and kudos to Terry and the Band for a fine performance!

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