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Vinx / Press

“VINX: One of those cats that personifies the equation that luck is just preparation meeting opportunity; one of those cats that does everything he does as well as he can; one of those cats that does everything well and seems to not make a big deal out of it, Vinx steps out of his comfort zone and goes quiet storm---and does it well. With more accent on crooning than banging on things, he shows the urgency of the classic soul singers---the ones without the histrionics. A sexy album that can let you put the Barry White discs away for a while and let you enjoy the places Smoky Robinson might have gone to if he had the creative freedom in the 80s, you can almost feel the dimmer switch moving itself and the wine pouring itself as this disc plays on. Well done, of course.”

Chris Spector - Midwest Record

“Love Never Comes Too Late: It has been a while since we were graced by the rich harmonies of Vinx. He is back with a vengeance giving us what we have come to expect and more. The beats are tight courtesy of a strong cast including Rex Rideout (keyboards) and Munyungo Jackson (percussion). Brenda Russell also had a hand in a few of the compositions. If you haven't heard of Vinx get ready and for those of us who have fond memories, here are some more. This trip is focused on romance. ”

"Imagine Bobby McFerrin's sunny disposition blended with tribal drum patterns, L.A.'s and Babyface's cool-headed approach to dance-pop juxtaposed with the instinctual elemental hooks of early Police. And Prince's harsh, minimalist backgrounds supporting vocals that rival Nat "King" Cole's for sweetness...a powerful effortless tunesmith and a vocalist of uncommon subtlety and understanding."

The Philadelphia Enquirer

"There is sometimes complexity in Vinx's simplicity...Vinx is a singer and percussionist, arranger and producer who calls his music "primal pop" because of the raw, stripped-down syncopation...and when Vinx wants to color his primal sounds with modern ones, he hooks up with the best. Aside from his ability to construct exciting rhythms, Vinx is a harmonious baritone vocalist with range, charisma, tounge-in-cheek humor and a fiery passion..."

The Washington Post

“I’ve never heard of the pop singer/percussionist Vinx before, but this disc, "Little Drummer Boy", makes me want to do some digging. He’s got a rich peanut buttery baritone voice which is flexible enough to go from semi hip hop (on “Ave Maria” of all things!) to a reggae-infused “Winter Wonderland.” Already interested, aren't ya! An Afro-Cuban “We Three Kings” with percussion and guitar well frames his warm voice, while some latin percussion rumbles under a gospeliah “Away In A Manger.” A South African choir of voices delivers a rich “O Christmas Tree” and the hand drums and shakers produce a warm and inviting “Christmas Song.” His own “Christmas in Paradise” closes the set with percussion and steel drums that celebrate a real Joy to the World. Merry Christmas, Mon!”

"...Vinx is a remarkable musician who can croon in an ardent, enfolding baritone while tapping intricate, shifting patterns on hand drum..."

The New York Times

"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 volcalese. 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...."

Jazz Times

“LITTLE DRUMMER BOY - Fun, Fun, Fun!!! This is what Vinx is all about as he loves what he does and it exudes abundantly throughout his music. He is an extraordinary percussionist with a golden baritone voice that fans can’t seem to get enough of. For this holiday season, a re-release of his 2002 album, Little Drummer Boy, is available online. Eleven of the 12 tracks on Little Drummer Boy are standards that Vinx added his own special twist to. The Jamaican tinged melody with lyrics “Winter Wonderland’’ that presents a snowman named “Mr. James Brown” offers a danceable funky beat. An arrangement of “Ave Marie”, which is comprised of only vocals and percussion, is included. “Christmas In Paradise”, a Vinx original, is a carnival reminiscence of dancing in the streets. Track favorite is the lively, jazzy rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” It has a scat culmination that is just awesome.”

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