The Vitality Five and V.E.A.C. Phonograph Co. present a new series of monthly "e-78" releases which harks back to the custom of releasing music on double-sided 78rpm shellac records.
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!
released February 15, 2018
Michael McQuaid: clarinet (1), clarinet, alto sax, cornet (2)
David Horniblow: bass sax (1), clarinet, bass sax (2)
Martin Wheatley: banjo
Andrew Oliver: piano
Nicholas D. Ball: drums
"Morocco Blues" by Joe Jordan and Clarence Williams
"High Fever" by Joe Sanders
Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Oliver at Stantonville, London UK
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk, Sterephonic Mastering, Portland, Oregon
Artwork by Nicholas D. Ball