Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ohio Theatre Concert

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ohio Theatre Concert

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Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators with Edith Wilson

Ohio Theatre Concert

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Roy Tate (tpt), Jim Snyder (tbn), Frank Powers (clt/ts), Terry Waldo (p, v), Bill Moorhead (bjo), Mike Walbridge (tba), Wayne Jones (d, v), Edith Wilson, William Saxbe (v); Rec. Columbus, Ohio, April 1974.

Some of These Days / I Would Do Anything for You / The Letter / Maple Leaf Rag / 12th Street Rag / How Could Red Riding Hood? / Sweet Georgia Brown / My Man ain't Good for Nothing but Love / Am I Blue? / I'm a Great Big Baby / There'll be Some Changes Made / To Keep From Twiddling Their Thumbs / Black and Blue / St. Louis Blues / Pastime Rag No. 1 / Entertainer / comments by Williams Saxbe / Ace in the Hole / Mooche / Jazz Band Ball TT: 69:02.

Originally scheduled to feature Eubie Blake, the 1974 concert begins with Terry Waldo apologetically announcing that Blake was ill and would not appear. While there must have been some disappointment because of that, this recording shows how Waldo's band and other guest star rose to the challenge of covering up the loss.

Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators had been around for only a few years prior to this concert but had evolved an approach that differed from most traditional Jazz bands of the period in that it emphasized a freewheeling, Dixieland sound more characteristic of Chicago than New Orleans. A performance such as I Would Do Anything for You calls to mind groups such as the State Street Ramblers that were known for forthright, unsubtle and highly rhythmic party music.

All the members of the front line play with a directness and vitality that brings the music to life. Tate, while sometimes scattershot in his approach to solo playing, supplies a punchy lead on tunes such as I Would Do Anything for You and Jazz Band Ball. Snyder is more sophisticated and his use of mutes on both of those tunes is notable as is his lead playing on the 1967 tune The Letter, originally done by the Box Tops. Powers is listed as playing alto, although it apparently didn't make it onto this CD. His tenor on I Would Do Anything for You is from the lost tradition of Chicago Southside blues and jazz, while his clarinet comes directly from the Pee Wee Russell school - hear The Letter for a particularly good example.

The rhythm section is likewise Chicago in its orientation - with Walbridge and Jones both being charter members of the Original Salty Dogs there is no particular surprise in that. …

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