The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain’t It Grand?

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The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain't It Grand?The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain’t It Grand?

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While the double-CD Ain’t It Grand? from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra was covered previously in The Syncopated Times, it is worthy of further discussion. Some current-day swing orchestras focus on largely recreating hit recordings of the past and some others sound a bit too modern for the era that they are depicting. In contrast, Glenn Crytzer’s orchestra sounds like it is straight from 1940.

Thirteen of the 30 songs on this two-fer are originals by the leader (who plays rhythm guitar and takes occasional vocals) yet they all sound very much from the time period. While a few of the standards (particularly Jimmie Lunceford’s “Rhythm Is Our Business,” Tommy Dorsey’s “Well, Git It,” and Glenn Miller’s “A String Of Pearls”) are close to the original recordings, most of the others sound like they are being reinterpreted by a different band than the one that made them famous, giving a fresh perspective to familiar material.

The one reservation I have about this set is that listeners have to go on the internet (at www.albumnotes.glenncrytzer.com) in order to read the liner notes and, most importantly, get information about the soloists and singers. A one-page insert would have been preferred even if it was an added cost for the project.

The 15-piece band (three trumpets, three trombones, four reeds, and four rhythm) features excellent period vocals by Hannah Gill and Dandy Wellington in addition to Crytzer. Every musician has an opportunity to solo with the leader featured on “Solo Flight.” The high-note trumpeter, the clarinetist, and the tenor-saxophonists are the most impressive voices but the ensembles are tight and lively. Every musician not only sounds like experts of the music but refugees from the early 1940s. The music ranges from hard-swinging to sweet, all of it quite danceable.

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With 30 concise performances (all clocking in around the three-minute mark as if they were recorded for 78s) on this fast-moving package, Ain’t It Grand? is a delight for lovers of swing.


Ain’t It Grand? (Self-released, 30 selections, TT = 91:41) www.glenncrytzer.com


Related: Glenn Crytzer on Playing Pre-War Jazz: 8 Things You Won’t Learn in Jazz SchoolOn Programming an Album of Original Swing MusicThe Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain’t It Grand? (CD Review #1)The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra Ain’t it Grand? (CD Review #2)Glenn Crytzer CD Release PartyGlenn Crytzer Swings the Easter Ball at the Plaza Hotel

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This review was part of the July 2018 Nights at the Turntable column.


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