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TODD LONDAGIN

Look Out For Love

Self-produced

 

 

1. Look Out For Love

2. Bye Bye Baby

3. Some Of These Days

4. Brazil

5. I Concentrate On You

6. Long Ago and Far Away

7. Pennies from Heaven

8. You Go To My Head

9. I Can't Help It

10. Bust Your Windows.

 

Todd Londagin - Vocals, trombone

Pete Smith – Guitar

David Berger – Drums

Matt Ray – Piano

Jennifer Vincent - Bass

 

When I heard the opening title-track, I was tempted to label this CD “Jazz Lite” as Todd is an acceptable singer but hardly an outstanding one. However, my opinion changed when the title-track ended and Todd was featured on trombone in Bye Bye Baby. He is a better trombonist than he is a vocalist, and he has a skillful team of musicians along with him – notably guitarist Pete Smith and pianist Matt Ray. And drummer Davud Berger contributes some neatly rhythmic drum breaks. On Bye Bye Baby Todd actually double-tracks so that we can hear him play trombone and sing at the same time.

A lady called Toby Williams joins Todd in duetting on Brazil, although it doesn’t raise the general level of vocalising. And so it continues, with mainly hackneyed material, although the title-track, Stevie Wonder’s I Can’t Help It and the closing Bust Your Windows inject some freshness into the repertoire.

I suppose Todd Londagin doubles on trombone and voice because he thinks it widens his appeal, but he is such an ordinary singer that he would do better to stick with the trombone. His vocals are a sort of cross between Frank Sinatra and John Parricelli, but without the individuality of either.

Tony Augarde
www.augardebooks.co.uk




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