VEAC Records

New Orleans Wiggle / Boneyard Shuffle

The Vitality Five presents a new series of monthly releases which harks back to the custom of releasing music on double-sided 78rpm shellac records.  The band now presents a series of “e-78”s every month, of two tracks each.  This month’s release is now available from:

SPOTIFY | GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC | APPLE MUSIC | TIDAL | DEEZER

New Orleans Wiggle - Boneyard Shuffle

For our third release, the Vitality Five starts off back in the very early days of New Orleans jazz with a composition of Piron’s Orchestra, one of the early jazz/ragtime dance bands in New Orleans.  Reimagined as a small group piece, “New Orleans Wiggle” features the band stomping out a very old style tune in a classic way, with a special emphasis on Michael McQuaid’s sweet and hot clarinet playing.  Then the band shows another side with a cerebral and sophisticated arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Boneyard Shuffle” by Red Nichols.  Featuring the unusual front line of alto sax and bass sax, the group captures the subtle spirit of progressive late 1920s jazz at its finest!

Morocco Blues / High Fever

The Vitality Five presents a new series of monthly releases which harks back to the custom of releasing music on double-sided 78rpm shellac records.  The band now presents a series of “e-78”s every month, of two tracks each.  This month’s release is now available from:

SPOTIFY | GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC | APPLE MUSIC TIDAL | DEEZER

MB - HF FINAL (1)

The February “e-78” features on the virtual “A” side, an intriguing tune with a tango feel and a sentimental melody, “Morocco Blues.”  Written by Joe Jordan, one of the earliest American jazz musicians to come over to the U.K., it features the Five’s pianist, Andrew Oliver in a tango section followed by some mellow and bluesy improvisations from Michael McQuaid on clarinet.  The “B” side features a very hot number, “High Fever,” written by pianist Joe Sanders and recorded by many great bands of the 1920s.  This one features a plethora of instrument switching from David Horniblow and Michael McQuaid, culminating in an exciting blues chorus with hot Freddie Keppard-style cornet by McQuaid!

Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Oliver
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk, Sterephonic Mastering
Artwork by Nicholas D. Ball

31st St. Blues / Three Blind Mice

The Vitality Five presents a new series of monthly releases which harks back to the custom of releasing music on double-sided 78rpm shellac records.  The band now presents a series of “e-78”s every month, of two tracks each.  This month’s release is now available from:

Spotify | Google Play Music | Apple Music | Tidal | Deezer

31st - 3BM FINAL (1)

The January “e-78” features two stylistically varied selections. “31st St. Blues,” originally recorded by the very obscure Oliver Naylor Orchestra, features McQuaid on cornet, leading a new take on one of the many 1920s blues tunes which transforms the more traditional boundaries of the blues form and through many twists and turns into a unique and hard grooving stomp.  In addition to McQuaid’s searing cornet work, the track features great solos from Oliver and Wheatley. “Three Blind Mice,” made famous in a recording by the great Bix Beiderbecke, features the band in a more cerebral mode, interpreting a tricky tune with an emphasis on group interaction and subtle movements between sections, with standout bass saxophone work by Horniblow.

Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Oliver
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk, Sterephonic Mastering
Artwork by Nicholas D. Ball