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The G.C.O. is recording our first album in over 8 years: a two-disc big band album with both classic and original songs!
The G.C.O. is recording our first album in over 8 years: a two-disc big band album with both classic and original songs!
476 backers pledged $22,590 to help bring this project to life.

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It's been over 8 years since the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra last released a big band album, and we're due. So we're not making one but TWO new records for your listening and dancing pleasure!

Disc 1 will contain classic swing arrangements from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Some perennial classics as well as lesser known gems will delight your ears as well as your feet!

Disc 2 will be comprised of all new original songs that I'm composing for the album. Much like with my previous small band releases, Harlem Mad, Uptown Jump, and Focus Pocus, the original tunes will be composed, arranged and performed in vintage style of the Swing Era - but this time I will really get to cut loose as a songwriter and arranger as I'll have the timbres of an entire big band at my disposal!

The musicians in the band include some of the finest swing players you'll find performing today: 

Sam Hoyt, Mike Davis, Jason Prover (tpts); Rob Edwards, Harvey Tibbs, Jim Fryer (tbns); Jay Rattman, Matt Koza, Dan Block, Mark Lopeman, Ricky Alexander (reeds); Glenn Crytzer, (g); Rob Reich (p); Ian Hutchison (b); and Andrew Millar (d).

We'll also be featuring vocalists Dandy Wellington and Hannah Gill on a number of tunes both on the classics and originals discs!

While there are many albums out there that fall under the genre of Swing, this record is unique because, unlike most records, it includes all of the following:

  • A full big band of All-Star professional musicians.
  • Musicians who focus on authentic performance of pre-war jazz.
  • Musicians who play together regularly - this is not a pick-up group!
  • Original music composed in the Swing Era style.

It's possible that nothing quite like this has been done since WW2!

We also plan to record the album in such a way that retains the acoustic blend and balance that was so important to the bandleaders of the Swing Era. We plan to retain all the positive aspects of the way their records were made while ditching the record noise, limited frequency reproduction and other technological disadvantages of pre-war audio equipment.

We're excited to have Amore Hirosuke on board as our designer for the album jacket and are looking forward to having some really beautiful cover art!

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STRETCH GOAL

If 1000 or more individuals get a copy of the full album (backers at the $25 minimum or greater) we will release a THIRD album (digital only) of live material and everyone who backed the project will get a free copy! Yes. REALLY. 3 records! Please encourage your friends to participate so we can reach our goal!

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It's a big project with a lot of work to do, but we're all very excited to be creating a two albums that we're sure will be an outstanding part of your music collection!

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Photos courtesy of Nina Galicheva, Steve Wong, Neal Siegal, Aidan Grant, and Jeff Smith. Video courtesy of Stephanie Robinson and Michael Steinman.

 

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Risks and challenges

Every record has the risks and when recording with a minimal microphone set up you always run the risk of the balance being off in such a way that it can't be fixed later during the mixing process. However the advantages to a minimal microphone set up make the risk well worth it. So far I've produced 4 albums and 3 EPs recorded with a minimal microphone set up with great success!

One of the ways I plan to improve my process even further this time is to hold our Jan 2 rehearsals in the recording studio. This is more expensive than just rehearsing in a rehearsal hall but it will allow us to record the rehearsal, listen back and make adjustments to the mic placement throughout the day in order to get it just right before we start the real recording sessions on Jan 3.

The other risk is the potential for heavy snow on our recording dates. This would delay our timeline but not stop the project.

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    CLASSICS ONLY (Digital)

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    DIGITAL BACKER

    Our introductory pledge level gets you a digital download of BOTH albums.

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    DIGITAL BACKER + BONUS TRACKS

    Get a digital download of both albums plus mystery bonus tracks. In the past the bonus material has included live cuts, alternate takes and more!

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    CD BACKER + BONUS TRACKS

    Get a physical copy of both discs mailed to you plus mystery bonus tracks (digital only). In the past the bonus material has included live cuts, alternate takes and more!

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    BEHIND THE SCENES (DIGITAL)

    Witness part of the album creation process. You'll get a special link to watch a live stream the band's recording sessions on Jan 3 and 4! Plus throughout the writing process you'll get audio and/or video sneak peeks of Glenn's new original songs before they're first recorded or even performed for the public!!

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    BEHIND THE SCENES (CD)

    Witness part of the album creation process. You'll get a special link to watch a live stream the band's recording sessions on Jan 3 and 4! Plus throughout the writing process you'll get audio and/or video sneak peeks of Glenn's new original songs before they're first recorded or even performed for the public!!

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    UNDERWRITER

    All the $55 level awards PLUS: Glenn will sign one of your discs with a personalized thank-you message AND you'll get a PDF copy of the leadsheets for all of Glenn's original songs on the album!

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    • Copy of Both Discs Autographed by Glenn
    • Digital Bonus Tracks (MP3 or Lossless Format)
    • PDF Leadsheets of Glenn's Original Songs on Album
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    SILVER CIRCLE

    All the $75 level awards PLUS your name printed in the "special thanks" section of the CD's liner notes.

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    • Digital Bonus Tracks (MP3 or Lossless Format)
    • PDF Leadsheets of Glenn's Original Songs on Album
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    MUSICIAN

    Get all the SILVER CIRCLE awards plus a 1 hour skype lesson from Glenn on guitar, arranging, composing, singing, lyric writing, or have Glenn coach your band on their playing as a group.

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    • Recording Session Live Stream + Song Previews
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    • Lesson with Glenn
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    BANDLEADER

    Get all the SILVER CIRCLE awards PLUS:

    A copy of one big band chart of your choice recorded by the G.C.O. on the album.

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    GOLD CIRCLE

    All SILVER CIRCLE awards PLUS:

    A VIP pass for 1 to the CD release party in NYC in the Spring of 2018. At the CD release you'll be welcomed into the VIP area where you can mingle with press, influencers and other Gold Circle donors. Plus you'll get a cool VIP swag bag at the show. (If you can't attend the release party we'll mail you the swag bag. Reward does not include travel to/from NYC or lodging).

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    GOLD CIRCLE +1

    All the Gold Circle Awards plus 2 VIP passes to the CD release and 2 swag bags!

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    COLLECTOR

    This is a limited edition award! Get the Gold Circle +1 Award PLUS:

    Every time Glenn writes a song with lyrics he creates a handwritten lyric sheet for his personal use during chart writing and recording. You'll receive one of Glenn's personal, original, handwritten lyrics sheets used in the creation of a new song recorded on the album!

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    • One-of-a-Kind Handwritten Lyric Sheet.
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    PHILANTHROPIST 1

    This is a limited edition award for only 2 backers! Get the Gold Circle +1 Award PLUS:

    You will get to choose one song that the band will record on the classics portion of the record! (You must select from the list of charts the band has available).

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    • Choose a Tune for Us to Record!
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    PHILANTHROPIST 2

    This is a limited edition award for only 5 backers! Get the Gold Circle +1 Award PLUS:

    You will be invited to attend the recording sessions on January 3 and 4 2018 in NYC. (Sorry no +1s as space is limited - award does not include your travel to/from NYC or the sessions or your lodging while in town)

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    PHILANTHROPIST 3

    You'll get the Gold Circle +1 awards PLUS:

    Glenn will mail you a personalized care package. It could have anything from mixtapes/CDs to memorabilia to homemade cookies! It'll be personally put together for you by Glenn with care and thanks for your contribution!

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    • Copy of Both Discs Autographed by Glenn
    • Digital Bonus Tracks (MP3 or Lossless Format)
    • PDF Leadsheets of Glenn's Original Songs on Album
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    • Personal Care Package from Glenn
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