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!
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!
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!
Photos courtesy of Nina Galicheva, Steve Wong, Neal Siegal, Aidan Grant, and Jeff Smith. Video courtesy of Stephanie Robinson and Michael Steinman.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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