Blues Revue, November 2011
By Thomas Cullen III
Slick back your hair, put on your shades and start the Fifties party with TERRY HANCK'S riotous record.
In the grand tradition of R&B tenor sax master blasters like Red Prysock, Big Jay McNeeley, and Junior Walker comes journeyman honker Terry Hanck with a boisterous blend of blues, R&B, and soul that defines his 40 year career, music he aptly calls "Greasy Soul Rockin' Blues."
Hanck, a Chicago native, relocated to California in 1967 when he was 23, and has worked with the late Luther tucker, and most notably, Elvin Bishop. Hes been blowing up a storm on his own since 1987 and is a confident, soulful vocalist who is equally adept of going deep on a slow blues with the drag-n-grind "You Coulda Let Me Go, " and a cathartic Southern soul ballad suggestive of James Carr, " Appreciate What You Got ( two of five solid originals); he can also jump for joy with authority as he demonstrates in Louis Jordan's "Just Like A Woman" and Tiny Bradshaw's "Train Kept A Rollin." The other R&B chestnuts come from Chuck Willis, Billy Wright, Fats Domino, The Five Royales and Freddie King.
My favorite track, "You Give Me Nothing But the Blues , " was penned by Maggie Longmire of the Lonesome Coyotes--kudos to Hanck for finding it. The album's funkiest tune is a rump-wrigglin' amalgam of Junior Walker's "Shotgun" and Lowell Fulson's "Tramp, " replete with Walker's signature bleats, squeals, and squalls, and an elongated solo from Hanck that I didn't want to end. Co-produced by the wizardly Kid Andersen (who contributes guitar on six cuts) and recorded at his Greaseland Studios in San Jose, Hanck is superbly backed by guitarist Johnny "Cat" Soubrand, bassist Tim Wagar, drummer Butch Cousins, and keyboardist Bob Welsh. There aren't many saxophonist leading blues bands these days or recording robustious, lifetime in the making albums like " LOOK OUT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.