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1. An early type of jazz characterized by a strong beat and rollicking delivery, similar to barrelhouse.
2. A homemade bass instrument.

[From gutbucket bass, a type of homemade bass instrument made from a bucket.]
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(Jazz) a highly emotional style of jazz playing
[C20: from US gutbucket a cheap gambling saloon where musicians could play for hand-outs]
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(ˈgʌtˌbʌk ɪt)

jazz played in the raucous and high-spirited style of barrelhouse.
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