PASTE MAGAZINE REVIEWS “SYNCOPATED CLASSIC”

PASTE MAGAZINE REVIEWS “SYNCOPATED CLASSIC”

FROM “RECORD TIME: NEW & NOTABLE VINYL RELEASES”

“Frank D. Waldron isn’t a name that’s likely terribly well known outside of folks with a deep knowledge of early jazz or the history of the music scene of the Northwestern U.S. But for those in the know, the late multi-instrumentalist and teacher (one of his students was future legend Quincy Jones) from Seattle looms large. Waldron worked regularly around Washington and Canada playing and writing New Orleans-style jazz that swings and promenades, as well as publishing a songbook that included several original compositions intended to be a teaching tool for young players.

His legacy is getting a helping hand in 2018 thanks to the efforts of Greg Ruby, a guitarist who leads a hot jazz outfit called the Rhythm Runners. With funding from arts organization 4 Culture, he is releasing a new folio of Waldron’s Syncopated Classic as well as a recording of 11 of the composer’s little-heard tunes. The LP is an entirely laidback affair, but filled with life and an abundance of spirit. Ruby and his group have such an understanding of these compositions, highlighting their roots in European folk traditions and letting them sway and saunter as needed. It’s also a showcase for these very adept players, especially Ruby, clarinetist Dennis Lightman and guest Mike Marshall, whose mandolin work on some of the ballads is nothing short of captivating.

  1. Look Both Ways Greg Ruby Quartet
  2. Scofflaw Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  3. Inside Out Greg Ruby Quartet
  4. That’s It Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  5. Someone Told Me Your Secret Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  6. We Meet Again Greg Ruby Quartet
  7. Suspicion Greg Ruby Quartet
  8. Humdinger Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  9. Climb Them Walls Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  10. Low Down Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  11. Kansas Straight Winds Greg Ruby Quartet
  12. Pretty Doll Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  13. Go Get It Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
  14. You Should’a Been There Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  15. Zephyr Greg Ruby Quartet
  16. That’s About Right Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  17. 14th Avenue Drag Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
  18. Hold On Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners