Syncopation Gone Mad

by Vitality Five

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We’re excited to present our second album, “Syncopation Gone Mad,” featuring 17 rarely performed gems from the vast repertoire of 1920s jazz in all its diverse styles. When we first formed the Vitality Five in 2015, one of our main aims was to focus on performing a wide variety of compositions and styles beyond the common traditional jazz repertoire, and the versatility and commitment of the band members provides an ideal workshop for shedding some light on the amazing dusty corners of early stomps, blueses, and rags.

The 1920s was a very fertile time in the development of jazz. It was not long after the birth of the music in the early part of the century, and thus the spirit of experimentation and focus on visceral grooves was still paramount to many musicians. Simultaneously, the music was widespread enough to inspire a new wave of creativity in composition, arrangement, and playing styles as diverse musicians from many backgrounds brought their own ideas into the mix. Finally, the widespread popularity of jazz kept the musicians beholden to the public, and the the exponential growth of the recording industry in the pre-depression economy ensured wide exposure and opportunity for the artists of the time as well as giving us a huge trove of material to discover today.

This album features numbers ranging from hot stomps to dirty blueses, from rags to modernist compositions, all performed by an international cast of true specialists in the style. We hope you enjoy the music!

credits

released September 1, 2018

Michael McQuaid: clarinet, alto saxophone, cornet
David Horniblow: bass saxophone, clarinet
Martin Wheatley: tenor banjo
Andrew Oliver: piano
Nicholas D. Ball: drums

Recorded at Stantonville, London, 2017-2018
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk

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Vitality Electro-Acoustic Phonograph Company

Original electric recordings of classic jazz

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