Mel B. Kaufman (1879-1932), the “King of the One Step,” was one of the most popular and prolific composers of syncopated dance music in the 1910s and early ’20s. His work was featured by such bandleaders as Vincent Lopez, Earl Fuller, Eugene Jaudas, Charles Prince, and Joseph C. Smith, and his lively, catchy melodies found their way into the soundtracks of hundreds of films and animated cartoons well into the 1950s. This first-ever CD devoted to Kaufman’s music features twenty-five (25) numbers (68 minutes), including several selections recorded for the first time. All of the pieces are performed off the original orchestrations using antique instruments and authentic performance techniques. Andrew Greene, director of the PRSO and the world’s leading authority on Mel B. Kaufman, contributes an in-depth essay on Kaufman’s life and work in the accompanying 40-page booklet, which also includes dozens of rare photographs and original sheet music cover art, a comprehensive Kaufman discography, filmography, and more. Featuring Richard Dowling, pianist, and William Edwards, vocalist.

 

A real contribution in bringing back an American original.” – John Thornton, Documentarian

 

Wonderful, toe tapping fun!… A stunning second album by this ensemble.” – Itunes Review, August 2015

 

  • 1. Shoot (1925)
  • 2. Introduce Me (1916)
  • 3. Pick a Chicken (1914)
  • 4. Big Ben (1912)
  • 5. I’m A Sentimental Dreamer (1921)
  • 6. Taxi (1919)
  • 7. More Candy (1917)
  • 8. Persian Moon (1919)
  • 9. Good Scout (1915)
  • 10. It’s a Bird (1917)
  • 11. Umbrellas To Mend (1917)
  • 12. Magnolia Bloom (1925)
  • 13. Squidulum (1931)
  • 14. Step With Pep (1916)
  • 15. Muslin Rag (1918)
  • 16. Bing! Bing! (1915)
  • 17. Yah-De-Dah (1917)
  • 18. Pack Me Up in Your Heart (1920)
  • 19. Gangway (1926)
  • 20. Saucy (1929)
  • 21. C.O.D. (Come On Dance) (1916)
  • 22. Listen to This (1916)
  • 23. Some Break! (1931)
  • 24. Me-ow: Song (1919)
  • 25. Me-ow (1918)
  • Total Time: 68:00

Step with Pep CD

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