Vinx: Big 'n Round: Release Information
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Release Date: 01.09.1999
TT Catalogue No: 4431
"Big 'n' Round", VINX, vocalist, percussionist and composer with an athlete's career loves to tap into unlimited resources. Successfully.
The list of those with whom he's worked and played since the late seventies - from Taj Mahal to Sting, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Zucchero, Branford Marsalis, and Me'shell Ndegeocello among others - is long, and shows musical versatility and receptiveness. His last project surprise, the trio "Jungle Funk" with bass player Doug Winbish and drummer Will Calhoun (Living Color), takes off on the idea of "handmade techno".
Now, with Big 'n' Round, supported by guitarist Jeff Lockhart, percussionist Andrew Daniels from Boston and Berlin cellist Ulrich Maiß, VINX follows up on his solo albums from the early eighties, "Rooms in my Fatha's House" and "I love My Job". Where the loop-based, machine-spirit conjuring, urban, improvised sound of "Jungle Funk" melts three explosive individuals into a virtual band, "Big 'n' Round" has an organic, unplugged character - pure acoustics. Every groove, every note on this album is played. Songs and clear structures stand in the foreground, with voice and percussion dominating tonally in richly varied facets.
VINX: "I’m a songwriter first, and then secondly I would consider myself a decent balladeer, you know, a good singer. But then probably third, percussionist. And as a musician, percussionist, I sing like a drummer. I sing like a percussionist, and that’s how I hear things."