Todd Londagin: Look Out for Love
Todd Londagin on Vocals / Trombone
Pete Smith on Guitar
David Berger on Drums
Matt Ray on Piano
Jennifer Vincent on Bass
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 27, 2014
This CD is a collection of vocal and instrumental standards, selected by Todd Londagin, who sings and plays trombone. His band includes Pete Smith on guitar, David Berger on drums, Matt Ray on piano, and Jennifer Vincent on bass. The style is casual swing, with some pieces melancholy and others upbeat and danceable. Each musician has generous solos and improvisational riffs, with an occasional flourish or two.
#2 – Bye Bye Baby – Composed by L. Robin/J. Styne. This track features a Leo Robin-Jule Styne song, with Todd Londagin’s vocals over and mixed with instrumental interludes. There’s a nice trombone introduction, as well as drum, bass, and guitar spotlights, later in the song. A mixing of vocal over trombone and band adds the interesting effect of a larger ensemble.
#6 – Long Ago & Far Away – Composed by J. Kern/I. Gershwin. This straightforward track has an extended piano solo, in slow swing tempo, plus repetitive instrumental refrains in the introduction and toward the finale. Bass, piano, and guitar have solo riffs, with drums backing the punctuated rhythm.
#7 – Pennies from Heaven – Composed by J. Burke/A. Johnston. Mr. Londagin finds his best vocals on this track with tuneful enthusiasm, supported by an upbeat, danceable tempo. The vocals switch to trombone and back seamlessly, with piano, drums, and bass in full rhythmic pulse.
#9 – I Can’t Help It – Composed by S. Wonder/S. Greene-Browne. A choral effect ensues for this standard, with mixing of harmonizing vocals. Drums, piano, guitar, and bass back the full vocal track with ebullience and energy, making this another song well performed, and one by Stevie Wonder, at that.