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Album Review

The acclaimed veteran cabaret singer wasn't just seeking a clever play on words when he titled his debut; he literally sings in a register lower than the classic crooners, whose styles he seeks to emulate. He's certainly chosen easy to enjoy material here, from the likes of Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim, and Jule Styne. His delivery on some of the ballads is too languid and doesn't offer enough range, but he works spirited wonders on the peppier arrangements like "Just in Time," swinging with Sue Raney. It also says something that one of the more engaging tunes is Murray's own "When I Sing Low," whose brisk big-band arrangement offers vocal challenges he is happy to take on. The collection offers so many highs and lows that it's easy to pinpoint his strengths (swing) and weaknesses (sappy crooner ballads). What shines through, and may be most important, is his passion together with his eagerness to please and make the most of the vocal talent he has. The disc was selected as one of the "Best of 2002 Vocal Albums" by Talkin' Broadway.

Customer Reviews

the Real Deal

1st time I heard this guy was live, last summer on the closing night of the great New Orleans cabaret, "Le Chat Noir". Immediately bought "When I Sing Low" + "Stardust & Swing" & he's become my favorite go-to guy vocalist [followed by Boz Scaggs, Jason Mraz & Davell Crawford].
In my opinion, Murray eclipses both Sinatra & Connick (& though I like both their sound, the Apple reviewer must have been channeling their "sappy crooner" style) w/ his own heartfelt yet pure, unaffected delivery.
The band on both CDs is spectacular [Bossa Nova minimal to Big Band blast] + the duets: "Just in Time", "Teach Me Tonight" & "If I Ruled the World" shows he 'plays well with others'.


Genre: Jazz

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Todd Murray began performing at a young age, growing up in a musical household with his piano-playing aunt. Developing his smooth voice through time, Murray began to perform as a solo artist and gain gigs with his multi-octave voice. Literally naming his first CD after the vocal range...
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When I Sing Low, Todd Murray
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Pop
  • Released: Feb 18, 2002

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