Terry Waldo - Ohio Theatre Concert, The (Music CD)

Release Date: 21 September 2009
Artist: Terry Waldo
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Pianist Terry Waldo has been an important figure on the metro Columbus, OH jazz scene since the burgeoning collegiate city sprawled out into the suburbs to nearly a million citizens. His brand of vintage jazz has retained an older audience, while turning on willing younger listeners of his baby boomer age group to the swinging music that started it all. This performance at the Columbus based-Ohio Theater in 1974 was to have included Eubie Blake, who fell ill and did not appear, but veteran vocalist Edith Wilson was on hand to accompany Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators, a band with musicians hailing from across the U.S. Their repertoire is all standard fare, from ragtime, New Orleans, and Dixieland jazz to stride piano, or out-and-out swing, the CD featuring nine bonus tracks added to the initial vinyl LP issue. The marvelous band includes the effervescent Frank Powers on saxes and clarinet, trumpeter Roy Tate, trombonist Jim Snyder, banjo player Bill Moorhead, tuba player Mike Walbridge, and the irrepressible drummer Wayne Jones. Wilson is delightful, and though a bit worn vocally, is still very enjoyable. Of her seven features, she's most convincing in a lower range during the cuddle and coo of "I'm a Great Big Baby," the over-being-bored, old folks' blues "To Keep from Twiddling Their Thumbs," the signature Bessie Smith evergreen "Black & Blue," and what she introduces as "something on the lighter side," but actually is an upbeat "St. Louis Blues." Waldo's handful of solo piano pieces in lieu of Blake's absence are as pleasing as Wilson's numbers, including a quick, utterly precise read of "Maple Leaf Rag," the two-fisted "Pastime Rag #1," a super slow, campy "12th Street Rag," and comedic stride with the pianist singing for "How Could Red Riding Hood?" As the group collectively wends its way through tunes like the easy swinging "Some of These Days," the hot "I Would Do Anything for You" with Jones singing, "At The Jazz Band Ball," a great version of "The Mooche" and the all-out jam "The Letter," you realize how cohesive the band is with assumedly little pre-rehearsal, and how much fun they have playing together. An appearance by then-U.S. Attorney General William B. Saxbe might seem a gracious cameo for a fan, when in fact Saxbe sings quite well, soulfully rendering the self-deprecating "Ace in the Hole." With plenty of diverse sounds to tap on within traditional jazz, and the concert being well preserved as transferred to digital format, Waldo hits homer after homer, rounding the bases many times over with this excellent program of music that anyone old soul can appreciate and enjoy. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Release Date: 21 September 2009
Artist: Terry Waldo

1. Terrry Waldo Introduction
2. Some of These Days
3. I Would Do Anything For You
4. Letter
5. Maple Leaf Rag (previously unreleased)
6. 12th Street Rag (previously unreleased)
7. How Could Red Riding Hood
8. Sweet Georgia Brown (previously unreleased)
9. My Man Ain't Good For Nothing But Love (previously unreleased)
10. Am I Blue
11. I'm a Great Big Baby (previously unreleased)
12. There'll Be Some Changes Made (previously unreleased)
13. To Keep From Twiddling Their Thumbs (previously unreleased)
14. Black and Blue (previously unreleased)
15. St. Louis Blues
16. Pastime Rag No. 1
17. Entertainer
18. Atty. Gen. William Saxbe Comments
19. Ace In the Hole
20. Mooche
21. At the Jazz Band Ball (previously unreleased)

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Catalogue No: DE251