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Vinx: Big ‘n’ Round

Like the great balladeers of the ’40s and ’50s, Vinx boasts a dulcet-toned croon, which can envelop a romantic rhapsody or stretch into effortless vocalese. Add to that admirable quality an unparalleled talent for percussive invention, and an ear for moody sonic artistry and you have the unique mix showcased on Big ‘n’ Round (Traumton 4431; 56:41). His minimalist arrangements-from the light acoustic, Latin-strummed “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” to the bass popping, percussive “I’m Yours Tonight”-evoke specific moods and emotions, and let the memorable melodies shine through. Small touches count here, like the crying violoncello and raging percussive underbelly casting shadows through “Last Train,” and Vinx’s own vocal instrumentation, illustrating romantic hope on “One Pearl.” Any doubts about the depths of this composer-arranger’s original thinking will be obliterated by his mystical, sinewy take on Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” populated with soft congas and vocal lines which bend, then break regretfully for a whole new spin on the familiar sentiment.

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