January/February 1997

James Ingenito Project
Rhythm Room Blue
Cats Paw Records

This listenable debut release by trumpeter/fluegelhornist Ingenito and his big band includes the boppish title cut, with Erik Klein on tenor, the funky "Cat in the House" and the swinging and bouyant "Joy Spring" and "Floating." "My Funny Valentine" and "Our Love Will Make It" border on schmaltz. Although Ingenito's tone can be a tad thin, and his commercial intent too patent, there's also fervor and finesse in the playing.

Originally published in January/February 1997
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