1. Look Out For Love
2. Bye Bye Baby
3. Some Of These Days
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.