Vincent Ingala — North End Soul

April 16, 2011

Hailing from Waterbury, CT, here is yet another young phenom stepping forward to reassure us that the appeal of smooth/contemporary jazz is not lost on the young among us. Seventeen-year-old multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala has a style and maturity about him that sets him apart from the run of the mill musician by far.

This young man has not only written and recorded his own material for his debut release, North End Soul, but plays all of the instruments (sax, drums, guitar, and keyboards – yes, really plays them!). Six of the tracks here are his very own, and they are of standout quality.
Ingala counts among his proudest moments being asked to open for superstar saxman Dave Koz, not something easily forgotten. However, mastering several instruments with the precision and attention to molding a really impressive style all his own and penning his own material for a rock solid debut release with all the fervor and drive of a polished vet in the business have to rank among those proudest moments as well. His bio states that “His dream is to become a smooth jazz artist.”  One listen, and I think you’ll agree that dream has been realized.

From the funky mid-tempo opening track, “Vintage Vibe,” Ingala heads down a well-plotted path sure to land him more than his fair share of recognition as the latest young sensation with a feel for what this genre is all about and what really moves jazzers.   The phrasings, the melodies, the hooks—they all dance together in that perfect rhythmic dance. All of this from a 17-year-old high schooler. Of course, I’m becoming less and less surprised and more and more gleefully encouraged as the influx of this type of quality talent steps out more frequently with each passing day. Contemporary jazz is in good hands for years to come from that perspective.

He credits his dad for exposing him to great music that has influenced his style. “Dad,” we thank you, as well.  The young man gets it. Smooth jazz audiences everywhere are in for a serious treat as they feel the intensity and the depth of the zeal in this young artist.  I can imagine Koz’s joy at having him open for him. Setting the tone and stage for a following act is as important for new artists as their own performance, I’m sure, and Ingala could not have disappointed one bit. The same can be said about this debut album.  Welcome Vincent Ingala by really checking him out. – Ronald Jackson