February 27, 2011

Vincent Ingala - North End Soul

Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, the page that offers a personal perspective on the very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. Under any circumstances the CD North End Soul from the multi talented Vincent Ingala would be considered as an outstanding piece of work. However, given that at the time of its release Vincent was only seventeen years old, this classy collection can truly be regarded as little short of remarkable. The album derives its title from the North End of Waterbury, CT where many of Vincent’s family members grew up listening to the funk, R & B and soul of the day. With North End Soul he has embraced these old school sensibilities in a way that belies his years and in so doing conjures up what can only be described as a complete gem.

The mood of the entire piece is summed up by the opening ‘Vintage Vibe’ for which the title says it all. Here, Ingala’s cool playing is reminiscent of Euge Groove at his very best and elsewhere he uses the sultrily compelling ‘Night Flight’ to further demonstrate the penchant he has for infectious ‘radio-ready’ contemporary jazz. Later, when Ingala switches to keys for the sumptuously ‘in the pocket’ ‘Free To Groove’, he delivers what might arguably be the albums best track yet amongst this, and five other of his own original compositions, are also three exceptionally crafted covers.

The first of these is a delightfully fresh interpretation of that Junior Walker staple ‘What Does It Take’ where, between snippets of his own vocals, Vincent blows up a considerable storm on sax. His take on The Moments much overlooked but nevertheless wonderful classic ‘Look At Me (I’m In Love)’ is every bit as good and a personal favourite is Ingala’s stunning version of the MFSB blockbuster ‘K-Jee’. Although retaining the brassy swagger of the original, Vincent skilfully bestows the tune with a fabulous drum and bass induced club vibe that is right on the money

Ingala notches down the tempo for the chill influenced ‘Lost In You’ whilst it is the sax driven ‘It Is What It Is’ that proves to be a slice text book smooth jazz at its finest. More of the amazing same comes in the form of ‘Midnight Pass’ and, with Vincent playing all instruments and producing throughout, North End Soul is indeed a superb showcase for his burgeoning talents.

For more news on Vincent Ingala go to www.vincentingala.com

Do you have any comments on what you have found in this edition of the Secret Garden? If so please e-mail me on DenisPoole2000@Yahoo.com.

Posted by Denis Poole at 3:35 PM

February 12, 2011

Playboy Jazz Festival Announces 2011 line-up

Written by The Jazz Gypsy

June 11 & 12, 2011, 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Playboy Jazz Festival
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
http://playboyjazzfestival.com

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Dianne Reeves, Fourplay, Harmony 3 lead the line-up for the 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival


Well, it's that most wonderful time of the year again. Yesterday, TV, radio and print journalists and photographers converged under a large tent at the world-famous Playboy Mansion with eager anticipation to hear the line-up for the upcoming 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival (PJF) scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 11th & 12th at the Hollywood Bowl.

Darlene Chan, president of Festival West Inc, the producer for the Playboy Jazz Festival for the 33rd consecutive year, was joined by long-time PJF MC, actor, comedienne, and musician Bill Cosby who together announced the line-up between nearly 2 hours of comedic exchanges.

Several of the performers were on hand, as noted in the photograph below.

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(Artist line-up, subject to change)

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00 P.M.-10:30 P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

-DIANNE REEVES

-THE ROOTS with special guest TERENCE BLANCHARD

-FOURPLAY featuring BOB JAMES, NATHAN EAST, CHUCK LOEB and HARVEY MASON

-EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA

-SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER featuring STEFON HARRIS, AVISHAI COHEN, GREG OSBY, DAVID SANCHEZ, ROBIN EUBANKS, EDWARD SIMON, MATT PENMAN and ERIC HARLAND

-A NIGHT IN TREME: THE MUSICAL MAJESTY OF NEW ORLEANS
featuring the REBIRTH BRASS BAND with guest artists DONALD HARRISON, JR., KERMIT RUFFINS, DR. MICHAEL WHITE and BIG SAM WILLIAMS

-COS OF GOOD MUSIC featuring GERI ALLEN, GEORGE BOHANON, DWAYNE BURNO, NDUGU CHANCLER, ANAT COHEN and BABATUNDE LEA

-AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

-THE LAUSD ALL CITY HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND under the direction of Tony White and JB Dyas


Sunday, June 12, 2011, 3:00 P.M.-10:30 P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

-BUDDY GUY

-LEE KONITZ NEW QUARTET

-JOHN SCOFIELD and ROBBEN FORD

-NATURALLY 7

-HARMONY 3 with RONNIE LAWS, STANLEY JORDAN and WALTER BEASLEY

-GERI ALLEN and her TIMELINE BAND

-STILL BLACK, STILL PROUD: AN AFRICAN TRIBUTE TO JAMES BROWN featuring PEE WEE ELLIS, FRED WESLEY and VUSI MAHLASELA

-BILL CUNLIFFE and the RESONANCE BIG BAND with MARIAN PETRESCU in a TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

-CARLOS VARELA

-PULLUM HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BIG BAND
under the direction of Fernando Pullum
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BILL COSBY, Master of Ceremonies
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TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets: Single day tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting February 10th.
Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling
(213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by downloading a ticket order form available at www.playboyjazzfestival.com. There is also a link to the Ticketmaster website on the Playboy Jazz Festival website.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office beginning May 7th.
Ticket Policy: All patrons, including children, must have a ticket for admittance inside the
theater.

GETTING TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL:
Park & Ride: For further information on Park & Ride and shuttle lots, please call
(323) 850-2000.

On site Parking is extremely limited. For information, call (323) 850-2000.

Special Message to All Playboy Jazz Patrons: For safety and fire regulations, the aisles and walkways of the Hollywood bowl must be kept clear at all times. Therefore, all large containers or coolers measuring more than 15” wide, 15” high and 22” long and kegs, pony kegs and party balls of beer will not be permitted past the ticket gate.

Non-Smoking Policy: The Hollywood Bowl has a no smoking policy inside the theater.
Smoking will be permitted only outside the theater seating area on the bowl grounds.

Posted by JazzGypsy at 12:17 AM

February 6, 2011

What We're Listening To ** January 2011

D E N I S * P O O L E

The immensely soulful ‘Ready Or Not’ by Paul Hardcastle from his soon to be released CD Desire. Written back in the early nineties but never previously released this stunning number has co-writer Steven Dante on vocals and is very special indeed.

‘Vintage Vibe’ by the multi-talented Vincent Ingala from his debut recording North End Soul. The album derives its title from the North End of Waterbury, CT where many of Vincent’s family members grew up listening to the funk, R & B and soul of the day. With ‘Vintage Vibe’ he embraces these old school sensibilities in a way that belies his (seventeen) years and in addition produces cool playing on sax that is reminiscent of Euge Groove at his very best.

‘Why Don’t You’ by Nate Harasim from the CD Rush. With a supporting line-up of Cindy Bradley, Mel Brown, Jason Rahn and Darren Rahn this big, horn driven gem could easily be dubbed as being from the Trippin N Rhythm all-stars.

‘Cote D’Azur’ which is the title tune from The Rippingtons excellent new release. Welcomed in on an almost European style dance beat this rhythmic and inviting cut quickly assumes a typically intense Rippingtons stride.

‘Gulf Breeze’ by soulful trumpet and flugelhorn player Michael C. Lewis from his CD Reflection. Evocative of sun soaked beaches and with a wonderful mid tempo swagger, this one is a real gem.


J E F F * D A N I E L S

Keiko Matsui, The Road (Shanachie) (2011)

Blue Moon, Blue Moon (BlueMoon Tunz Music) (2008)

Trondheym, Trondheym (NRW Records) (2008)

Will Downing, Classique (Concord Records) (2009)

2nd Planet, Next Level (2nd Planet) (2010)


P E T E R * B O E H I

Alexander Boynton Jr. - Doo Bee Doo Bop (2010)
This album is a sensational slice of smooth jazz, where did this bass player hide until now? Every song is a winner, and guest players like Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Tony Maiden, Rick Braun, Phil Perry, Jeff Golub, Michael Thompson, Tony Moore and Lenny Castro indicate top-notch musicianship. One of the best releases of recent times!

Terje Lie - Urban Vacation (2010)
This CD by Terje Lie which was released last year is one of my favorites boasting great grooves, melodies and playing by all involved, most notably Jeff Lorber on keys. The inclusion of the Roy Ayers' classic "Red, Black & Green" is an additional bonus. A future classic!

Jonathan Fritzen - Diamonds (2010)
This album by keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen is a beauty, perfectly played and produced, it is an endless joy, with great guest appearances by Darren Rahn, Jessy J and others. Not to be overlooked!

Funk This! - Size Does Matter (2005)
This album is a great re-discovery. This band delivers and outstanding set of funky and smooth instrumentals & vocals of the highest quality. Check it out, you will be delighted!

Mark Hasselbach - Solar Winds (1982)
My nod to the past goes to (Gabriel) Mark Hasselbach - who these days records under his first name Gabriel - released this classic LP in 1982, especially "Afro Desia" remains a favorite of mine. Well worth a listen again!

Posted by Peter Böhi at 6:46 PM