I Still Get Excited
VizzTone / Greaseland Records
Veteran sax player / singer / songwriter
Terry Hanck spent a bunch of years playing
with legendary guitarist Elvin Bishop, but as a
bandleader has released more albums than I can
count. With nearly 50 years in the biz Hanck
shows no signs of slowing down, as heard on his
latest album, I Still Get Excited. Simply
stated, it's a gem from start to finish.
Hanck ventured to Kid
Andersen's Greaseland Studios to record the 11 tracks here, pulling in
an all-star lineup of guests with Rick Estrin, Tracy Nelson, Chris Cain,
Jim Pugh and Andersen contributing to the big sound we get on I Still
Get Excited. Andersen also co-produced the album with Hanck, and his
magical touch is quite evident. (Andersen could easily change the name
of his studio to "Hitsville," considering the quantity AND quality of
music coming out of there, although trying to use that name would no doubt have legal
Hanck covers a lot of
musical styles here, and the opening title cut sounds a bit
rockabilly-ish, with Pugh pounding on the 88s throughout, before the
band heads into a Louis Jordan-style original,
"Smooth Tyrone," highlighted by Johnny Cat Soubrand's jazzy jump blues
guitar work and more great piano from Pugh. The Louis Jordan theme
continues with "Early In The Morning,"
which features Cain laying down some very hot B.B. King-style guitar licks. Lisa
Leuschner Andersen's voice is used to form a
one-woman background ensemble similar to the Raelettes of Ray Charles
fame, not surprising since Brother Ray also recorded this song. Hanck tears it up with a fiery sax solo, as he's going to do
throughout the disc.
The original "Here It Comes"
has a quirky beat and some of the typical Greaseland percussion effects,
as well as featuring a Spanish-style guitar solo by Andersen. Next up is Estrin's guest spot on "Come On
Back," a blues shuffle
with a back-and-forth interchange between Hanck and Estrin while Pugh
comes in with an extremely hot piano solo.
"Rosita (No Wall Can Hold
Our Love)" is the only instrumental on the album, a slow, late night
jazzy blues that starts with a tasteful sax solo from Hanck while drummer
June Core switches to using brushes for that very subtle rhythm. Pugh
switches over to B3 for a mid-tempo version of Bobby Charles' "Why People
Like That?," setting the stage for a version of Howlin' Wolf's "Howlin'
For My Darlin'." Hanck does his own thing here, not trying to
imitate Wolf on vocals (who could, really?), and Soubrand throws
down a killer blues guitar solo.
The always wonderful Tracy
Nelson joins in on a duet with Hanck on the soulfully pleasant mid-tempo
shuffle, and then Soubrand turns it loose on guitar on the
up-tempo jump blues "Hold It Right There." Closing the CD is a jazzy,
version of Lightnin' Hopkins' "Feel So Bad," with Soubrand again
stepping to the front with multiple stinging guitar licks.
I Still Get Excited
has something for everyone, but especially for those who love good sax.
Hanck and Andersen have a winner here, one that you will listen to over
--- Bill Mitchell