Not enough sax in your life? Try Terry Hanck

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:00 AM Written by 

61Xv2J5zZXL._SL500_AA300_Well, we missed a few days, but we're back (BlueNotes has a life, too, ya know).

Today we have another CD from someone you may not know, but you should -- Terry Hanck has been adding his blues and soulful saxy ways to music since the early 1970s, most notably for a time with Elvin Bishop, where he added his chops to the song "Joy" on Bishop's album "Struttin' My Stuff, which contained Bishop's giant  hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." (This corrects an error in an earlier version of this post.)  Hanck's raunchy sax also graced bands from Charlie Musselwhite to Little Charlies Baty and later Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.

I'm sure you all of know that tough, sexy sax takes blues and soul, and especially great old rock 'n' roll, to sublime levels. That's exactly what Hanck does in his new CD, "Look Out" (Delta Groove Music).

With guitarists Chris "The Kid" Andersen and Johhny "Cat" Soubrand adding sharp licks, Hanck runs through a set that includes his own vocals in a set of covers and originals that test the limits of endurance for humans to celebrate the saxophone.

From the raunchy licks of Chuck Willis' soulful lament, "Keep A Drivin'" to the joyous shouts of "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" to the slinky and sensuous R&B original "You Coulda Let Me Go" to Fats Domino's rollicking "Hello Josephine" to Ike Turner's fiercely upbeat "Just One More Time," the 66-year-old Hanck whispers, soars and honks his way through music that's filled with joy and soul, and that's more than you can say about most music available on the airwaves these days.

Hanck may never hit Moondog's, but if you pick up on this CD, you'll hear some music that will satisfy your soul. Put some more sax in your life -- you won't be sorry.

Here's a video of Hanck and Johhny Cat playing a live version of Freddie King's "Side Tracked" from the CD:

I would be extremely remiss if I did not correct an omission that I made on Rod Piazza's new CD, "Almighty Dollar," which I wrote about last week. The bass player on several tracks is Hank Van Sickle, brother of Lucy Van Sickle, who once blew a tough blues harp in BluesBurgh. Come back, Lucy.

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