Vincent Ingala – Personal Touch (2018)

Vincent Ingala - Personal Touch (2018)
Artist: Vincent Ingala
Album: Personal Touch
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2018
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Personal Touch 03:44
My Kind Of Day 03:54
Love Zone 04:01
Dream Girl 04:09
I Think I’m Falling In Love (With You) 04:38
If You Were Here Tonight 03:39
Feng Sway 03:38
Can’t Stop The Rain From Falling 03:53
Snap, Crackle, Pop 03:48
Not Meant To Be 04:04

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With eight of his own compositions, plus two top-notch reinventions, ‘Personal Touch’ from writer, producer and multi instrumentalist Vincent Ingala is the breath of fresh air that long time smooth jazz fans have been craving. Indeed it is arguably Vincent’s most complete album to date and affirms the meteoric progress he has made since 2011 when his debut recording ‘North End Soul’ first hit the streets. It was a collection that marked him out as one to watch and, since then, Smooth Jazz Therapy has watched his development with delighted interest.

‘Personal Touch’ is Vincent’s fifth solo CD and right from the opening bars of the extremely edgy title cut there is little doubt he has lost none of his ability to effortlessly deliver a succession of joyously radio ready tunes. Much the same can be said of the rhyme drenched ‘Feng Sway’ for which Vincent’s work on guitar and keys is exemplary and later, when he eases down the tempo, the dazzling ‘Dream Girl’ gives him a platform to shine on both sax and keys in a way that is entirely mesmerizing.

The mood stays decidedly romantic for the exceptionally easy grooving ‘I Think I’m Falling In Love (With You)’ (complete with stunning keyboard solo) while elsewhere Vincent affords a silky smooth makeover to the Alexander O’Neil blockbuster ‘If You Were Here Tonight’. Even better is his reworking of the title song from Billy Ocean’s 1986 release ‘Love Zone’ that already seems destined to make it into my list of the top ten cover versions for 2018.

However it is with his own compositions that Ingala repeatedly hits smooth jazz gold and a case in point is the big ballsy and totally infectious ‘Snap Crackle Pop’ that might just have the power to rejuvenate even the most tired of dancing feet.

In terms of personal favorites ‘My Kind Of Day’ is the sort of classic smooth jazz track for which Ingala has become famous and although ‘Cant Stop The Rain From Falling’ has a moody mid tempo vibe to die for it is when he again slows things down for the mellow guitar driven (and distinctly Russ Freeman sounding) ‘Not Meant To Be’ that magic really begins to happen.

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