- Gotta Bring It on Home to You
- The Terry Hanck Band and Friends
- Delta Groove
This review originally appeared in Big City Blues magazine. Reviewed by Steve Daniels
For years a mainstay of the Elvin Bishop Band, saxophonist and singer Terry Hanck is now leading his own band, and on this release for the Delta Groove label he heads a group of top-notch musicians The results are gratifying — some might say electrifying.
A master of the tenor sax, Hanck is a perennial Blues Music Award nominee for Horn Player of the Year, an honor that he garnered in 2012, the same year he won a Critic's Choice Award by Living Blues magazine. The man can really blow that thang! Not only does he have powerful pulmonary bellows; he also produces a beautiful, pure tone that he can morph on cue into honks, gulps, and moans to fit the occasion. He can also swing with the best. Just check out "Right Now Is the Hour," the opening cut, or "Pins and Needles," or the title tune; on each, by the second bar of his sax stylings he will have your fingers popping and your hips swaying.
This set list is notable for its versatility as well as its expertise. The first song is a sashaying mid-tempo rocker with nice backing vocals. It's followed by a Chicago blues, anchored by the guitar lead – fine throughout the album – of Johnny "Cat" Soubrand. The ensuing jump number is then succeeded by another Chicago blues at a slower pace. "T's Groove," one of the four compositions penned by Hanck, features a great organ contribution by Lorenzo Farrell, who engages in give-and-take with Hanck's tenor. There are two 1950s-era tunes, including "My Last Teardrop," a lachrymose ballad that segues mid-song into an uptemp rave-up! And on the title tune, Hanck's horn is augmented by a trio of guitar mavens – Soubrand, producer Kid Andersen, and Debbie Davies – delivering dazzling solos in succession.
Baritone sax adept Doug James lends a hand on several numbers, notably his collaboration with Hanck on "Jam Up." Keyboardist Jim Pugh (Robert Cray Band) , multi-instrumentalist Bob Welsh (Elvin Bishop Band), and Farrell (Rick Estrin & the Night Cats) all make stellar contributions. Oh, by the way, did I mention that Hanck is one helluva singer?