The Texas Horns
Everybody Let's Roll
Blue Heart Records
The Texas Horns (Mark
“Kaz” Kazanoff – saxophone/harmonica/vocals,
John Mills – saxophone, Al Gomez – trumpet)
return with another dynamite set of tunes on
their third album, Everybody Let’s Roll
(Blue Heart Records). The album features 13
tracks, with 11 originals, mixing blues and
classic R&B. Backing the horns is a host
of guest musicians, including Jimmie Vaughan,
Anson Funderburgh, Carolyn Wonderland, Johnny
Moeller, Mike Flanigin, Marcia Ball, Guy
Forsyth, Mike Zito, Michael Cross, and Carmen
Ms. Wonderland takes the mic for the rip-roaring
title track, serving as a mission statement of sorts for The
Texas Horns. Funderburgh and Mike Keller play lead and rhythm
guitar, respectively, on this track. Next, Zito ably handles
vocals on the gritty R&B rocker “Why It Always Gotta Be This
Way,” before Moeller and keyboardist Matt Hubbard join the Horns
for the boisterous instrumental “I Ain’t Mad With You.”
Funderburgh returns with vocalist Cross,
bringing a New Orleans flavor to the funky “Alligator Gumbo,”
and Forsyth sings of the benefits of living life to the last
drop on “Die With My Blues On.” The album’s lone cover is an
intriguing one, a funked-up cover of the Beatles’ “I Want You
(She’s So Heavy)” that works very well.
Vaughan contributes vocals and guitar to the
tremendously hip shuffle “Too Far Gone,” and Texas jazz singer
Bradford nails the swinging “Watcha Got To Lose,” featuring
guitar from Funderburgh and harmonica from Kazanoff. The
Latin-flavored instrumental “Apocalypso” gives the spotlight to
Gomez’s trumpet and Mills’ baritone sax.
Forsyth returns on vocals for the slow burner
“Prisoner In Paradise,” which has the feel of those early ’70s
horn bands such as Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, etc. The
funk-laced instrumental “The Big Lie” gives ample room for each
horn to stand out, and Moeller’s wah wah guitar sounds great.
Kazanoff takes lead vocals on the rousing “Ready For The Blues
Tonight,” with Marcia Ball on piano.
The album concludes with an inspired reading of
J.B. Lenoir’s classic instrumental “J.B.’s Rock,” featuring
Vaughan and keyboardist Flanigin.
Everybody Let’s Roll has the feel of a
house party that you definitely want to be a part of. Listeners
will find themselves spinning this one over and over again.
--- Graham Clarke