[Dixielandjazz] Re: Bill Chase albums?

Hal Vickery hvickery at svs.com
Sat Sep 24 20:34:23 PDT 2005

Thanks for the link.  I'm listening to Gravity as I type.  I notice one of
the players, Dave Bargeron, is a former t-bone/tuba player for Blood Sweat &
Tears, making a nice connection with another thread.  

I'm trying to think back of where I saw Substructure, and the only thing I
can think of is that it might have been on the Merv Griffin Show of all

Hal Vickery

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That would be Howard Johnson's group. He and 4 other tubists recorded a 
great session as "Substructure" at the Fillmore East with blues artist 
Taj Mahal in 1971. The record was called "The Real Thing" by Taj Mahal. 
A classic recording for tuba players. It has been re-issued on CD. The 
early group dissolved after the death of one of the tuba players.

Howard, along with Bob Stewart re-formed with the new name "Gravity" 
later on and have had as many as 10 tubas playing. Mostly modern jazz 
but many touches of earlier styles show up in their music.  More at 

Dave Richoux
On Sep 24, 2005, at 7:03 PM, Hal Vickery wrote:

> The Sousaphones remind me of something I swear I saw years ago but 
> nobody
> else I know remembers it.  Does anybody remember a band sometime 
> around the
> late '60s or early '70s that had a brass section consisting of 
> something
> like 8 tubas and/or Sousaphones?  I think the name was something like
> substructure.
> Hal Vickery

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