This LP features Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators on previously unreleased performances from 1973, 1974, 1979, and 1981. Although the rhythm section changed a bit during this period (other than the leader being on piano), the front line of trumpeter Roy Tate, trombonist Jim Snyder, and clarinetist Frank Powers stayed quite stable. The music is consistently rewarding and fun. Waldo takes Eubie Blake's "Troublesome Ivories" as a solo, Susan LaMarche sings "Mississippi Mud," veteran blues singer Edith Wilson is heard on "Ain't Misbehavin'" (from 1973), and Eddy Davis sings "Willie the Weeper." Otherwise the emphasis is on the instrumentalists, and particularly the horns on such numbers as "Royal Garden Blues," "Ory's Creole Trombone," and "Broadway Rose." Frequently exciting hot jazz.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow