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Ben Tankard – Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous

Aug. 18, 2017

Chock full of that uplifting, spiritual goodness that comes with the Ben Tankard brand of smooth & funky jazz, the former NBA baller and keyboardist explodes on the scene again with his third installment of the Full Tank groove – this one aptly titled Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous. Oh, don’t even think about sitting this out. The electrically charged vibes bouncing from this one won’t allow that, anyway.

Jumping right at you from the start with the mega-funky lead track in honor of the late great Wayman Tisdale, simply entitled “Remember Wayman” (how could you not after getting a dose of this one?), Tankard loads up on such goodies as the gospel-influenced “Like the Dew” featuring the ever-popular and talented Gerald Albright, the catchy and hoppin’ lead track featuring one of the genre’s masters of melody, saxman Paul Taylor, and the finger-poppin’ sexily striding “Goodness Gracious” featuring the cottony harmony of vocal sensations Take 6 (aw, yeah is the appropriate response here, I’d say). Wait, there’s so much more.

Buckle up as the keyboardist takes off on his own style of power walking on “Happy Strut,” then later follows with a fresh take on the Sting/The Police classic “Every Breath You Take,” giving it an uplifting gospel feel and titling it “I’ll Be Missing You.” This one has that special magic that pulls you up and blissfully dances with you as you indulge in a happy sing-along here. Tossing in a nice rhythmic dose of island groove, Tankard then offers his version of the theme song from the classic TV series “Love Boat” featuring saxman Cord Martin.

This is truly a feel-good-and-uplifted album, filled to the tank’s brim with that eclectic full-bodied presence of a man and the music he so loves. Get your happy on here. – Ronald Jackson