Toronzo Cannon has a new CD called “Leaving Mood”. It was released this past November. The CD was available at his show at Beer Geeks in Highland, Indiana on 12/27/11. He writes songs with interesting storylines, trying not to sound cliché or one dimensional. He states that he wants to take the listeners on a roller coaster ride. Emotions range from lighthearted to serious. Many of Toronzo’s songs were penned from ideas he jotted down at red lights while driving his CTA bus. His guitar playing is outstanding. Any guitar lover will appreciate this CD.
The opening track is called “She Loved Me”. It’s a song he pays tribute to the likes of Elmore James, J.B. Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor. It’s a powerful guitar rocking song about a woman who’s doing time in jail for the man she loves. The song came out of observing women on his bus with house arrest ankle bands and others visiting their men in jail.
“Chico’s song” is about how hard it is saying goodbye to an old friend, Chico Banks. This CD is dedicated to his buddy. Mathew Skoller’s harmonica playing complements Toronzo’s guitar here as well as on tracks 6 and 9.
“Come On” has a Corey Stevens feel to it. It’s a tune about missing that loving from a woman.
“Hard Luck” features the outstanding talent of Carl Weathersby on guitar. This is a story about a man trying to get by with his mortgage and car payments, but it’s hard when he comes home to find another man’s clothes on the floor. Carl also plays on “Earnestine”.
“Open Letter (To Whom It May Concern)” is Toronzo’s soapbox for bad stuff he sees going on in the blues business. He sees a lot of not so cool things happening and refuses to be a part of it. Everybody ain’t your friend. His unusual vocal and Mathew Skoller’s harmonica work nicely together and stand out from the others songs.
The title song “Leaving Mood” is slower, reminiscent of a Jimi Hendrix tune. A gun-shot to the head ending is not your typical ending to my baby left me song.
There are elements of jazz, funk and soulful vocals on this disc. The keyboards can lend a little jazz feel at times and a thick organ sound on others. Everything works well with Toronzo’s guitar style. One might even hear a little Robert Cray influence on “I Believe”.
Catch Toronzo Cannon & The Cannonball Express this Saturday night at Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn, Illinois. They are located at 3701 S. Harlem Avenue, next to White Castle. Phone number is (708) 484-3610. Cover is only $6.00. Showtime is around 9:00-9:30 P.M. Get there about an hour early if you want a seat at the bar.
- She Loved Me
- Chico’s Song
- Come On
- I Believe
- Hard Luck
- Open Letter (To Whom It May Concern)
- I Can’t Take Her Nowhere
- Leaving Mood
- She’s Too Much
- You’re A Good Woman
- Do I Move You?
- Baby Girl
- Not Gonna Worry