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Hotel Child

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Among the swing revivalists--from the Squirrel Nut Zippers to Royal Crown Revue and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers--no musician can chart his or her pedigree back the way singer Ingrid Lucia and bassist Todd Londagin can. As kids, the story goes, the pair were members of the Flying Neutrinos Family band, living in hotels, playing swing on rafts, and, likely, storing key data for their own Flying Neutrinos. The Hotel Child is the third effort by Lucia, Londagin, guitarist Matt Munisteri, bassist Matt Weiner, and a handful of assorted horns, drums, and accordion. Their music bumps with a sprightly step, buoyed by Lucia's early-Billie Holiday tinged voice and the band's languid looseness. Their brand of swing isn't hyped up with bombastic horn charts or even slicked up like the Zippers. It's much more relaxed, laid-back like so much music from their one-time home, New Orleans. It's got the sway of a humid afternoon woven through the lyrics, calling out for dancers in a way that's almost completely low-key. The swing's not particularly speedy or complex, but it's heartfelt and, with Lucia's voice, altogether magnetic. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mr. Zoot Suit
  2. Violent Love
  3. Cry
  4. Some Of These Days
  5. Love Is Coming Back
  6. Lonely Side
  7. Baby's Making Duck
  8. Someday You'll Be Sorry
  9. Promise
  10. I Believe In Miracles
  11. Johnny
  12. After Hours


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artists Only Records
  • ASIN: B00003XAR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark J. Wilder on February 15, 2000
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The Flying Neutrinos are a tough band to classify. They're usually lumped in with the Neo-swing movement, which is unfair. If you're looking for traditional big-band swing, you'll only find one song on this album ("Mr. Zoot Suit"). They're jazzy in some songs ("Baby's Making Duck", "Someday You'll Be Sorry"), torchy in others ("Johnny", "Lonely Side"), but overall I'd have to put them in the Jazz or (gasp!) Easy Listening category. Ingrid's voice (with it's well acknowledges Bessie Smith influence) is superb, Todd's trombone is solid, and every track is a winner. My personal favorites are "Cry", "Johnny", "Baby's Making Duck", and "Lonely Side", which all happened to be penned by the band's guitarist Matt Munisteri.
The Neutrinos have two discs now, and I much as Iloved the first one, I think this one is better. I can't give any higher recommendation for fans of good music! If you like the previews for tracks 2-5, you'll like the album (track 1 is a great song, but is the only song of its type on the CD).
And don't even get me started on how much I like Ingrid's cover photo...
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Think New Orleans, in a hotel room thick with humidity and flowers, listening to a Swing band playing across the street, fronted by a woman who sounds like Billie Holiday on pheromones, while your lover draws a fingertip up your spine. That's this CD exactly.
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I am so pleased to have a working copy of this CD in my hands! Some years ago my son and I heard the song "Mr. Zoot Suit" in the soundtrack of a movie. I just had to find out who sang it, then had to purchase it.. My son and I fell in love with the entire CD, "stealing" it from each other (I should have bought two), and it tickled me to no end to hear him playing it when his friends were around. We played it so much we wore it out. And it is still one of my favorites. With the unique voice of Ingrid Lucia, and the fantastic sound of The Flying Neutrinos, this is some seriously fun music.
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If you'd like a less-frenetic swing trip than the Squirrel Nut Zippers, you'll flip for Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos. Ingrid's voice is reminiscent of Katherine Whalen's [kind of "Betty-Boop-does-Billie-Holiday"], but has smokier undertones that lend poignancy to the easy-to-listen-to material here. There isn't a cut on this that I don't like, and the instrumental support is fabulous.
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if you are lucky enough to see this group live (We saw them at Cibar in NYC, no cover!)make plans to see them. The music is terrific and Ingrid herself is very gracious. Voices like this thow me back to the old days in Saratoga after the races. Buy this CD becuase when you play it your friends will undoubtably ask "who is this?, I love it." A must for your CD collection.
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A great recording by a great group. The first cut, "Mr. Zoot Suit" is an exciting retro-30's big-band tune with a surprising arrangement that will keep you playing it over and over. The retro style carries through much of the CD.
"Hotel Child" is different in style from their debut "I'd Rather Be in New Orleans," so don't expect more of the same.
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This is a good album despite the somewhat repetitious nature of the cuts and that soumd - a constant nasal that works for a few songs but not for every single one. In fact, it is the unchanging vocal tone that contributes to the sense of "been there/done that." One big problem is a common one - nothing really comes up to the originality, drive and energy of the first selection, the near perfect "Mr Zoot Suit" made famous in wild dance scene in "Blast from the Past". I kept waiting for a brotherly (or sisterly) companion but that was it.

LIke other reviewers, I too liked "Live From New Orleans" better, mainly for the voice. Ingrid is perfect for these little numbers but let's get serious folks - this is not one with wide range or subtle nuance. This is the Catch-22...the more ballad-like the music, the worst it sounds (I note one exception below). We are not talking about a Jane Monheit, Tierney Sutton or Diana Krall. Ingrid's voice is acidic and yet perfect in several of these and unlike others, I thought the accompaniment was right on the money. It did not have that "studio" flavor (another reason I liked "New Orleans") that often reeks of excessive instrumentality. My favorites were the first ("Mr Zoot Suit"), last ("After Hours") and the middle ("Lonely Side") where the voice changed into something new and wonderful. Mr Grade: B-
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By A Customer on January 3, 2003
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So smooth, it's like velvet! Ingrid Lucia's voice is so smooth and sexy. If you like Swing/Jazz this is a CD to get!
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