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Chasin' the Blues

by Crytzer's Blue Rhythm Band

"Chasin' the Blues" is a lindy hopper's delight and a must for any fan of classic jazz. The album features 3 original songs and 9 more original arrangements in the classic 1930's big band style.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rachin' in Rhythm
3:37 $1.00
2. Rose Room
2:49 $1.00
3. Dickey's Blues
4:07 $1.00
4. Chasin' the Blues
3:06 $1.00
5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home?
3:38 $1.00
6. All God's Children Got Rhythm
2:58 $1.00
7. Someday Sweetheart
4:09 $1.00
8. Darktown Strutters Ball
2:40 $1.00
9. Rhythm Spasm
2:43 $1.00
10. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
4:19 $1.00
11. Zonky
3:49 $1.00
12. Shine on Harvest Moon
4:02 $1.00
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Album Notes
The Blue Rhythm Band was founded in 2008 for Seattle's "Killer Diller Ball." The group is an expansion of Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, a swing era combo, and is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest. The Blue Rhythm band is one of only a handful of professional big bands in the U.S. focused solely on the music of the swing era (late 20's-early 40's). This 13 piece line up (the size band that predominated the popular music scene in the 1930's) plays charts in performance from the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, the Benny Goodman Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and many more including of course their namesake, the Mills' Blue Rhythm Band.

In 2009 the band released "Chasin' the Blues," their debut album, which pioneers brand new arrangements of classic tunes as well as original compositions written in the swing era style by bandleader Glenn Crytzer. Close your eyes and you might just think you're at the Savoy Ballroom!

Learn more about the Blue Rhythm Band (and the Syncopators): (web) (facebook)

What Are People Saying about the Blue Rhythm Band?

In this age of momentary acknowledgment and empty coolness it is refreshing to find Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band performing outside the twittered masses.

Particularly of note are Crytzer’s originals: “Dickey’s Blues,” “ Rachin’ in Rhythm,” and the title track “Chasin the Blues” which blend his love of the big band era and his ear for creating a tapestry that was meant for listening and dancing and lasting.

Bravo to the performers.

Bravo to the task.

-Ken Wiley
“The Art of Jazz”
NPR Affiliate KPLU
88.5 Seattle, WA

"Glenn's music is authentic vintage swing. His bands are two of only a select handful of groups playing today that excite me as both a musician and a dancer."

-Jonathan Stout
The Campus Five
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra

The Blue Rhythm Band sets itself apart by delivering the true classic sound of the big bands with the highest quality musicians and arrangements. Glenn doesn't make any exceptions with quality when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the big band era while adding his own musical talent into the mix.

-Tonya Morris
Camp Jitterbug Organizer
Altadena, CA

The Blue Rhythm Band has a great sound and is swingin’ hard!

-Jesse Miner
Yehoodi Radio
Host of “Hey Mr. Jesse”
San Francisco, CA

"The band truly represents the combination of the past meeting the present, a vintage feel with a solid rhythm that you can really groove to, for any dancer or musician. This big band swings hard!"

-Giselle Anguizola
vintage jazz dancer, instructor and preservationist
San Diego, CA

Crytzer's Blue Rhythm Band is the most authentic and original sounding big band around today. The rhythm section swings so hard and the horns are so tight you'd think you had just walked into a Ballroom in the 1930s.

-Michael Darigol
Music Coordinator
Seattle Lindy Exchange



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Kelly Porter

The new school of old school
I first heard this band tear through a night of new Benny Goodman arrangements in a huge hall of dancers-- they made an impression on the whole room, which was left sweaty, screaming and satisfied. I can't wait to see these guys work together more, because I get the sense that these first offerings are just a taste of how great they could be if they get the opportunity to work together more. There is something exciting happening here, a fresh young eye (Glenn's) taking the best of the old school and trimming it up cleverly for the here and how. More than anything the album is a feat of serious arranging. Some of the originals from the album, including the title track, are great fun, too.

My particular favorites from the album actually tend to be the bluer tracks: Dickey's Blues, Someday Sweetheart. And I think my #1 would have to be the new arrangement of Shine on Harvest Moon-- it sort of hovers between that space of a ballad and a lament-- a sound very characteristic of the early '30's, and uniquely done here.

Matt Sw.

Best Swing Band in the Northwest
Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators prove the depth of the Northwest jazz, swing, and dance scene. You couldn't assemble a better band in any other city in the U.S.. Every member is a master of authentic swing style. You can't not dance to this album or this band. I've heard them live in a bunch of settings and they kill every time. You gotta watch for them in your locale. They're even better live. They really light up dancers. It's bands like Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators that keep the swing dancing movement growing and exciting. I hope there are more albums like this one on the way.