Living Blues Magazine April 2012

           San Francisco Bay Area guitarist David Landon, whose sideman credits include work with Frankie Lee, earl Thomas and Lenny Williams, is a consistently creative player who holds back when he wants and charges ahead when the mood calls for excitement. He utilizes several sonic shifting devices such as tremolo bar and wah-wah pedal, but only sparingly, instead keeping the focus on his clean articulation and wonderfully melodic lines that draw B.B. King tradition leavened with hints of jazz. His solos are models of well- refined taste, as is his sensitive use of dynamics. I Like It Too Much, his fifth CD in 17 years features 11 original songs.
          He is a superb tunesmith. “I like it too much - though I know that it’s true, it aint good for me but it’s just what I want to do”. He sings in light tenor tones on the shuffling title track about smoking, drinking, womanizing, staying up all night and sleeping all day. His compositions are distinguished by clever chord substitutions, turn arounds, instrumental breaks and other variations on standard blues structures. Landon’s humor-laced vocal and guitar duet with Alvon Johnson (another underrated Bay Area Bluesman) on the rocking That’s What Friends Are For is particularly pleasing. Three instrumentals further serve to put the spotlight on Landon’s remarkable guitar prowess.
         Landon carefully produced the CD- surrounding himself with a changing cast of first-rate players while maintaining the continuity of the program. The include B-# organist Tony Stead and Melvin Seals, pianist Steve Willis, bassist Steve Evans, drummers Randy Hayes and Andrew Griffin, harmonica blower Michael Peloquin and saxophonist Charles McNeal. The performances are nicely enhanced by a horn section playing punching arrangements by Kelly Park and Landon himself.

- Lee Hildebrand

Golden Gate Grooves 2012

A bit of rock, a tad of funk, a touch of jazz, a smattering of pop and a bunch of blues is what you'll get when you pick up David Landon's new one, "I Like It Too Much."
According to the liners, Landon has "written, arranged, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered" this brand new effort. He's lead guitarist, lead vocalist, played some keyboard, written horn arrangements and produced "other sounds." Whew! He's obviously all over this album, and his exemplary attention to musical detail shines throughout the 59-minute affair.
On this, Landon's fifth CD, he's been privileged with the guest artistry of a true "who's who" of Bay Area musicians, (several of them world-class,) a few of whom include impeccable bassist Steve Evans; steady Randy Hayes on drums; Charles McNeal on superb sax; the first-rate Tony Stead on Hammond B-3; Melvin Seals on same; Tom Poole and Mike Rinta on horns and the singing talents of Alexandra Kaprelian on backup vocals.
Of the cuts, the ballad, "Our Last Goodbye" conjures British soul artist George Michael with its pop-sensibilities and anguished guitar work. The title track is a standout of the record in its tale of a man's indulgences and nasty habits, ("it ain't good for me, but it's just what I want to do.")
Positively outstanding is guest artist's Michael Peloquin's sax and harmonica playing on "A Little Bit Better" (without you.) The interplay between Landon and his good buddy Alvon Johnson (guitar/vocals) just blues-rocks in the playful, "That's What Friends Are For," an album highlight. One of the album's tracks, "Frictitious" has a funky feel and an Average White Band groove.
Landon's horn arrangements are outstanding throughout. Kelly Park takes on those same duties with aplomb on "Well Alright."
The CD contains, among its 11 songs, three instrumentals, which in most any other album would be about two too much, but Landon makes the most of them through his clever, compelling and sometimes incendiary guitar work and chart composition.
You want to buy this one 'cause of Landon's tremendous guitar work. He can be a monster on his chosen instrument.
Ultimately this album comprises yet another fine & impressive effort by this Berkeley-based musician of dazzling talent.

Blues Matters 2009


This is the fourth album from the long-time San Francisco Bay area Blues-rock four-piece, and it’s a good ‘un. Leader
and guitarist David is a versatile and highly accomplished player, but all the individual band members have achieved
formidable reputations on their local scene. Listening to this accomplished set, it is easy to understand why. If you want
to imagine what rock superstars The Eagles would sound like singing the Blues, try ‘Who’s Loving You?’. You want a
good old-fashioned pounding shuffle, with very Freddy Kinginflected playing? Try the instrumental ‘Log Jam’ (which also
has an excellent break from Tony Stead on the old Hammond B-3). A little deep-soul maybe? Go for ‘Say
Goodbye’ then. There’s old-time rock’n’roll, too, a little supercharged rockabilly, a Jimi Hendrix styled psychedelic rocksoul
hybrid, a gospel into powerhouse Blues-rock ballad called ‘This Time’ and even a gentle, wistful singer-songwriter
styled elegy for a closer. And, of course, the Blues pure and simple - the eight and a half minutes of ‘I’m Gonna
Quit You’ is enough to convince most readers, but there are other examples, too, in this very worthwhile release.

 - Norman Darwen, Blues Matters


San Francisco Chronicle 2009


Time isn't something you usually hear, but you will hear years of experience on "This Time," an infectiously compelling CD by the Bay Area's David Landon Band. With three gifted veteran musicians, guitarist-vocalist Landon has crafted the kind of rocking blues album that will make you think you're hearing the group live. The 12 cuts showcase variations in blues, from the gently acoustic "Goodbye My Friend," to the rollicking country-rock flavored "One Hundred Years" to the funk-steeped "Think Twice." Landon's fiery finger work ignites "Ducks in a Row," while Tony Stead contributes sublime keyboard work on the Hammond B3 on "Think Twice" and other cuts. With bassist Steve Evans and drummer Randy Hayes rounding out the quartet, the David Landon Band proves itself a sweet, tight ensemble.

November 29, 2009, David Wiegand- San Francisco Chronicle


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