There is nothing wrong with a little bit of Tony Bennett. Vocalist Russ Lorenson is proof that a little bit of Bennett can really do a lot.
The combination of "Come Fly With Me and Let’s Get Away From It All" is irresistible. Lorenson is not just a crooner covering the traditional Sinatra style or trying to be the next Connick, he is his own man.
Lorenson’s baritone is almost like an instrument. Its richness combined with his vocal phrasing is impeccable. What really works is the ability to take two songs and make them into one. "A Foggy Day (In London Town)" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is a prime example. Lorenson paces and phrases this beautifully.
What could be the best track on the album is a song from the 1982 broadway play Victor/Victoria titled "Gay Paree." The Mancini composed with Leslie Bricusee added lyrics, Russ Lorenson has a sure fire winner here.
Finally we have "Christmas in San Francisco." Do not imagine Sinatra singing this. Do not imagine Connick singing this. Russ Lorenson closes out his A Little Travellin’ Music album with this one that can be played year round.
Russ Lorenson has a little travelin’ music. Actually he has some stay at home music. This album is a great album to put on when you feel like a little Sinatra or Connick in the afternoon, a little bit of travelin’ music, yes, but you may want to stay home and just listen.