Vintage

New vintage vocal swing album

Vintage vocal swing singers enjoy a glass of champagne

The release of Vintage Vocal Swing, our new album available from Audio Network, gave us the opportunity to produce a stellar cast of musicians and record them at Abbey Road Studios.

We had written seven songs that were crafted to sound like they had come straight out of the 1930s and forties. Our plan was to compose the sort of music that seems to have been around for practically ever, but actually hasn’t.

The recordings have benefitted from the input of some fabulous musicians. The band line up was Colin Good (piano), Ant Law (guitars), Tom Farmer on bass, Mike Smith on drums, Mark Crooks (clarinet), Howard McGill on alto sax and flute, Phil Todd (tenor sax and flute), Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone) and Enrico Tomasso on trumpet. We’ve been lucky enough to work with most of these virtuosos in the past, so we knew we were in for a treat.

A six-year-old Enrico Tomasso with Satchmo in 1968.

These guys were instrumental, sorry – couldn’t resist that – critically important in achieving the kind of silky-smooth sound that we wanted. Enrico is one of the UK’s top trumpeters. His dad Ernie was a professional clarinettist and Enrico’s lineage goes all the way back to a childhood performance with Louis Armstrong, which makes him jazz royalty in our book. The rest of the band are luminaries in their own right and specialists in music of the pre-war period and the 1940s.

Vintage Vocal Swing
The boys did their work in the morning in the intimate surrounding of Abbey Road’s Studio 3, and the vocals were recorded in the evening of the same day. In for a penny, in for a pound, we decided to get fully in the mood (see what we did there?) by donning period outfits from the 1940’s. David made a dash as an RAF sergeant while Jeff was zoot-suited and booted in the height of forties fashion.

Vocals were in the expert hands of Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (former MD of five-times Grammy Award winners The Swingle Singers). Joanna, who also composed the tracks with us, was joined by Sara Brimer-Davey and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.

For three hours of recording they channelled (and modelled) an Andrews Sisters style that complemented the compositions beautifully.
Audio Network’s Sébastien Daniell was on hand to film the proceedings and put together the video above. Our thanks to Séb for capturing the event and producing the video – and to all the team who contributed to the recordings.

The track listings for Vintage Vocal Swing are:

  • Shoop Da Boogie – A grooving boogie-style swing with jazz piano, wailing clarinet lead, vocals and a scat-style chorus
  • All That We Dreamed Of – Twee tea-room jazz with sweet harmonies over a laid-back rhythm section.
  • Choo Choo – A fast boogie groove with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Tell Me That You Love Me – Up-tempo 1940s swing with close-harmony female vocals.
  • Stop The Search – A swinging piano and big band boogie woogie.
  • You Are – A lovely vintage romantic jazz ballad.
  • Hurry Santa – a cheerful Christmas song with a jazzy vintage feel.

Licensing information
For information on licensing the music, please visit Audio Network

Song of the Trail


Songs of the wild wild west

Upbeat Americana and country vocals with jaunty brotherly harmonies accented by nostalgic orchestral moments, bluegrass guitars and twangy lead melodies


BAND OF BROTHERS
Rousing cowboy musical-style song with orchestra & brotherly group vocals.   2:44


BACK IN THE SADDLE SOON
Sprightly retro Country & Western trail song with upbeat cowgirl vocal.   2:52


LAWMAN
Epic spaghetti Western ballad with orchestra, guitars & mighty bass vocal.     3:31


RIO GRANDE
Nostalgic Western ballad with sentimental male vocal, orchestra & harmonica.   2:48


SONG OF THE TRAIL
Laid back cowboy song with acoustic guitar, fiddle & wistful male vocal     2:35


TO THE WESTERN SKY
Jaunty cowboy song with four part harmony vocals & comedy yodelling section.   2:07


DOING WHAT I DO BEST
Fun, up-tempo bluegrass cowboy hoedown song with group vocals. Yee-haw     2:02


 

1940’s Americana Folk


1940’s vintage American folk songs

Lo-fi vintage folk with downtrodden working man’s lyrics paired with gruff vocals and a one-man-band guitar/harmonica combo. A time capsule from 1940s America


SUNDAY DARKNESS
Vintage dust bowl song with guitar, harmonica & gruff male vocal. Lo-fi version.   2:04


GONE GONE GONE
Jaunty American folk song with Celtic flavours. Male vocal. Lo-fi version.    2:36


WHISTLIN
Catchy toe tapping American folk ditty about whistlin! Male vocal. Lo-fi version.    2:50


AS I GO WALKING
Early American folk song with male vocals, guitar & harmonica. Lo-fi version.    2:45


CALLING IT HOME
Downtrodden American folk song with male vocals & acoustic guitar. Lo-fi version.    2:20


DON’T YOU WANT TO COME AROUND
Playful & poignant vintage American folk song with male vocal. Lo-fi version.     1:58


IF YOU ONLY SAY I WILL
Down-on-his-luck folk song with acoustic guitar & harmonica. Lo-fi version.     2:49


 

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Say It With Song

Say It With Song

Gather around the radio set for some vintage songsmith charm


I’M SORRY
1950s doo wop ballad with piano & “I’m sorry” sung by young girl    2:26


I’M GLAD YOU’RE GONE
Quirky, upbeat ditty with jazz rhythm section & fiddle with male vocals.   2:05


IT’S TRUE LOVE
Gushing, tongue-in-cheek loved up vocal with Hollywood big band.  2:06


OOTSIE CUTESY BABY
Fun 1930s ragtime with syrupy sweet lyrics sung by young American girl.  1:56


BEAUTY BLUES
Chicago blues. ‘Well you ain’t no beauty but you look good to me’ lyrics.   3:01


JUST ANOTHER OOPS
Laid back vintage tea room jazz with gentleman vocals & ad libbed middle.    1:51


 

American Patriotic

Brass and orchestral American ceremonial themes of allegiance and patriotism

 

Patriotic brass & orchestral American themes


AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
American patriotic classic. Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   3:08


HAIL TO THE CHIEF
Military National anthem of the USA with brass band & percussion. March mix.   1:16


FREEDOM MARCH
Emotional & patriotic orchestral anthem. Builds.  2:43


HEROES REMEMBERED
Noble & solemn rich brass band elegy with military snare drum & timpani.  3:44


FROHLICH MARCH
Bright, vibrant marching band.   2:14


VICTORY MARCH
Bright, up-tempo collegiate marching band.  1:43


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Christmas Big Band

Have the swingiest, singiest, crooniest & coolest christmas ever!


Magical Time of The Year
Family oriented Christmas song with a fast-paced cool & glitzy big band.   3:06


Dreaming of Snow
Warm, smooth, lush jazz song with a family-oriented Christmas feel.   3:16


When It’s Christmas Time
Warm & cosy Christmas ballad with smooth male vocals.  4:02


Swingle Bells
Up-tempo Christmas classic. Cocktail swing jazz with crooning male vocal.   2:13


Silent, Holy Night
Beautiful string arrangement of the classic Christmas carol with male vocal & kids choir.  3:04