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Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Music of 1929 with the Glenn Crytzer Quartet (Songbook Session #10) - Jan. 9

Glenn Crytzer (guitar/vocal); Mike Davis (trumpet); Ricky Alexander (clarinet); Andrew Hall (bass).

What I love about BSH is the variety of music we feature. In the previous post I waxed eloquent about the post bop of Andy Hague and now it's the turn of the pre-swing era jazz of the Glenn Crytzer Quartet. Polls apart stylistically and miles apart geographically and yet they both share the love of the music we call jazz.

Last week Crytzer concentrated on the hit songs of 1928. This week it was the turn of 1929. At this rate, should the pandemic continue for another two years (perish the thought!), they will be playing the songs of Ed Sheeran!

Not a pleasant thought although, should such be the case, we'd all be dead by then which may be the lesser of two evils!

Still, let's not be morbid but, instead, take heart from the songs that began and ended the show. Keep Your Sunny Side Up and Happy Days Are Here Again.

1929, like most years of that period, was a very good year for songs. One of my all time favourites Can't we be Friends?; the immortal Stardust; Walter Donaldson's Kansas City Kitty; a handful of Fats in the form of Ain't Misbehavin', Blue Turning Grey and Honeysuckle Rose followed by I May be Wrong and Mean to Me.

One tight quartet just so laid back and relaxed playing tunes that just beg to be played by four musicians deeply steeped in the idiom.

This week's edition  actually took place yesterday. There was another version today of which my worthy constituent Russell will give us chapter and verse tomorrow.

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