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Todd Gordon - Love Dot Com (2014)

18-06-2014, 12:33
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Todd Gordon - Love Dot Com (2014)

Artist: Todd Gordon
Title Of Album: Love Dot Com
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: STEM
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 56:42 min
Total Size: 133 MB


01. Alone Again (Naturally)
02. Julia
03. Holding On
04. Somewhere In My Heart
05. I Honestly Love You
06. Goodbye (She Quietly Says)
07. A Little White Ship
08. She's The One
09. I Remember Sky
10. Love Dot Com
11. Didn't We
12. Let's Face The Music And Dance
13. Do You Believe
14. When Hell Freezes Over (Bonus Track)

Todd Gordon: vocals
Im Dalkyun: saxophone
David Patrick: piano
Han Woonki: guitar
Martin Zenker: bass
Eun Jin Lim: cello
Jang Seungho: bass (13)
Kim Minchan: drums (13)
Sunny Kim: vocals (12)

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 Sinatra fan—one reason why he includes Bob Gaudio and Jake Holmes' "Goodbye (She Quietly Says)" on this release. His own approach to singing is smoother than Sinatra's: closer to classy easy listening crooners such as Andy Williams or Jack Jones.

On Helping the Heroes the band and the guest singers helped Gordon to create an atmospheric album—his enjoyment, especially in partnerships with Clare Teal and Jacqui Dankworth, was almost palpable. The musicians on love dot com, recorded at South Korea's Kyung Hee University, lack the drive of the Squadronaires and at times seem uninvolved with the songs—technically able but failing to make that emotional connection. "I Honestly Love You" and "Do You Believe" lack the musical intensity that their lyrics and melodies deserve and come across as lacklustre. Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" is sung by a grieving son, contemplating suicide by jumping from the top of a tall building—the musicians' detached approach has none of the despair or melancholy such a narrative deserves.

When instrumentalists connect, when their emotional involvement matches their technique, Gordon responds positively and the songs become the stronger as a result. "She's The One" is a case in point, Han Woonki's guitar solo is perfectly-judged. So, too, is Morgan Visconti's "When Hell Freezes Over," with a suitably menacing rhythm and heavy rock guitar. John Lennon's "Julia" works beautifully—Eun Jin Lim's cello matches Gordon's voice for warmth and engagement and the result is the album's most impressive track.

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