love dot com is an album of standards and contemporary jazz/pop songs from Scottish vocalist Todd Gordon. It follows his 2012 release with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, Helping the Heroes (Specific Jazz) but while that album featured a big band and a series of top-flight guest singers, love dot com is a much gentler affair. Some excellent, and unexpected, song choices can be found here. Karl Wallinger's She's The One," Jimmy Webb's Didn't We" and Roddy Frame's Somewhere In My Heart" are all beautiful, catchy, songs that sit comfortably with Gordon's approach. Gordon is an avowed Frank ...read more
The Royal Air Force Squadronaires can rightly lay claim to being one of the UK's most historically important big bands, and judging by the vibrancy of Helping the Heroes (Jazz Specific, 2012), undoubtedly one of the very best. A showcase for vocalist Todd Gordon and The Royal Air Force Squadronaires' impressive collective voice, that album is being launched in 2013 in several European countries as well as Canada, Australia South Korea and Japan under the new title Evergreen, no doubt in reference to the longevity of a band that first recorded for Decca 70 years ago. My Favorite ...read more
Meet Todd Gordon:In just a few years, Todd Gordon has established himself as one of Britain's most popular singers and entertainers" (Scottish Television). An avid Beatles fan until the age of 11, his musical horizons broadened when he heard Frank Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers! album. From that moment, he collected almost every recording by Ol' Blue Eyes whilst expanding his interest in jazz and swing, encompassing numerous other renowned singers and instrumentalists.Further inspiration came in 1975 when he met Ella Fitzgerald prior to one of her shows. During her concert, she invited him onstage and ...read more
One of the UK's premiere big bands, the Royal Air Force Squadronaires' roots date to 1939 when some of London's top jazz and dance band musicians were recruited to form the Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, more popularly known as the Squadronaires. The band toured war-torn Europe to raise troop morale following the Allied Normandy Landings in 1944, and though it seems like fiction, it was heading for Germany before a German counter-offensive pushed the Allied forces--and the Squadronaires--back to Paris. Almost as unlikely was the RAFS' Top 10 UK album success with In the Mood (Decca, ...read more
Helping The Heroes, from singer Todd Gordon and the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, has the authentic, swinging, sound of a great big band. The guest singers showcase the range of vocal talent on the UK scene, and the album has its heart fairly and squarely in the right place, too, having been recorded in support of Help For Heroes, a charity which provides support for wounded UK Armed Services personnel and their families.The repertoire on Helping The Heroes is taken mainly from the Great American Songbook. Gordon's love of Frank Sinatra is apparent in his relaxed, confident approach, ...read more
Todd Gordon sings standards with a deep respect for the tradition that they represent. His clear, baritone voice offers one of the finest examples of tonal clarity among contemporary male singers who work in jazz. The arrangements that support him come with in spirit of jazz. His highly accurate musical performance is complemented by the ensemble working alongside him. The mix, however, places the whole product into a muddy turmoil in more than one instance.With the album's opening number, for example, a walking bass and Gordon's driving drum set accompaniment pave a direct line for the melody. The ...read more
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