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Vincent Ingala – Coast to Coast

Nov. 6, 2015

Another one of tomorrow’s promises to our great c-jazz genre, young saxman (actually multi-instrumentalist), Vincent Ingala, hVincent Ingalaas sprung out of the studio with his latest effort Coast to Coast, a collection of stirring and solid original and cover tracks just suited for this powerful young man’s style. Becoming quite popular among his peers, he is often sighted at the side of many top-tier artists and has found his place among jazzers who are pledging allegiance to his uniting sound.

Coast to Coast jumps to life immediately with the high-steppin’ lead and title track, followed by the appropriately titled mid-tempo “Nasty,” which displays a heavy dose of slick funk and some cool trombone work from Dennis Rollins. Let me also mention that, on all of the tracks here, Ingala struts his very impressive prowess on all of the instruments on some and “all other instruments” where he is featuring another artist. He also programmed all of the tracks single-handedly. Mind you, this young man is still 20-something. Quite the résumé and all the more reason to feel confident that he is among those on whom we can count to keep c-jazz uplifted and relevant going forward.

If you want an example of his masterful conquest of other instruments besides sax, listen to “Making the Journey” where he displays great skill on guitar. Impressive, to say the least. Did I mention that he also provides lead vocals on Con Funk Shon’s “Baby I’m Hooked (Right Into Your Love)” and does a knock-out job? The R&B/c-jazz band DW3 also does a great job with backing vocals here.

Does this young man possess that “it” factor? You know it, and he’s proved it time and again.

Vocalist David Bordeaux spices up the album even more with his full-throated contribution on the iconic R&B LTD’s “You Fooled Me.” Even here, Ingala is providing backing vocals.

My faves, the fiery and funk/rock-laden “In Deep” and “Gimme Some,” the latter featuring our English gent with the distinctive acoustic guitar – the world-renowned Peter White – deliver the final knock-out blow for me, although Ingala finishes nicely with a cover of MFSB’s T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care).”

The pleasant young man with so much to offer keeps delivering over and over. I think it’s safe to say any time spent waiting for his next release will always be time well-spent. Two thumbs up. – Ronald Jackson