James Ingenito | Follow the Dream

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Follow the Dream

by James Ingenito

New York based Flugelhorn/EVI Player fires up a set of memorable originals that encompasses a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to funk. Sure to appeal to those with an eclectic taste in music!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jigsaw
6:34 $0.99
2. The L.A. Vibe
5:05 $0.99
3. Follow the Dream
7:29 $0.99
4. Desert Sun
6:28 $0.99
5. Sweet Destiny
6:44 $0.99
6. Soulmates
5:16 $0.99
7. Zero Point Energy (feat. Robosax)
7:27 $0.99
8. Mountain People
4:31 $0.99
9. Kick It
7:10 $0.99
10. Red Bull Junkie
6:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by: James Ingenito
Production Assistants: Danny Marx, RoboSax

Recording Engineers: James Ingenito, Dan Marx, RoboSax, Paul O'Dell, Jay Fields
Recorded at: POD Studio, East Setauket NY
Eine Kleine Studio, Lake Ronkonkoma NY
Studio North, Gardiner NY

Mixed and Mastered by Mike Krowiak at Third Wave Audio

Wind Synthesizer Programming: Matt Traum for Patchman Music
The SWAM TEAM at Sample Modeling

Photography: Scott Roemer

All music composed and arranged by James Ingenito except for Zero Point Energy which was composed by RoboSax.

James Ingenito: Flugelhorn, E.V.I. (Electronic Valve Instrument), Muted Trumpet, Keyboards
RoboSax: Synthophone, EWI, WX-5
Danny Marx: Electric Guitar
Paul O'Dell: Electric & Fretless Bass
Jay Fields: Drums


The Beatnixx Horns (+2): RoboSax: Synthophone
James Ingenito: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, EVI
John Mendolia: Tenor Saxophone
Tim Cassera: Trombone

Following the Dream

Way back in 1995, I had just finished my Graduate Jazz Studies degree and was freelancing my way around New York with different bands. I also had my own original group that was playing a bunch of music I was composing at the time. After signing a small record deal, I released my first serious project. From there, I started building a busy playing schedule as well as my Teaching resume which eventually led to a public school gig. So here I was-playing on everyone else's gigs and projects- and enjoying my teaching career.

Fast Forward to 2009 where some serious health problems forced me to stop playing for a few months. It was during this time that I made a commitment to myself that- assuming I could survive and learn to play again- I would once again concentrate on MY music. The "Powers-That-Be" gave me my wish and after some time in the woodshed, I began writing new music and forming a new group: The James Ingenito Project.

I began to enlist the help of some musicians that would help me on my musical adventure. I not only needed excellent players, but people that could come together to form a BAND. RoboSax has been with me for many years. As an original member of one of my groups from the 90's, we have played hundreds of jazz and rock gigs together. Whether phrasing one of my melody lines or improvising, we tend to share a mind! Finding a Bass player that can groove in any situation, play with soul AND read charts is tough. Paul O'Dell IS that player! His ability to play what I wrote and make the parts better by virtue of his musical approach always amazes me! Danny Marx is not only a wonderful Guitar player, but an excellent composer in his own right. His playing is not only soulful, but always contains a high level of harmonic sophistication. After a bit of a search for the "right guy" to play drums, Paul recommended Jay Fields. Jay came to the first rehearsal and started to play my music like HE wrote it! Comfortable in EVERY genre, he is always prepared for anything and has helped bring my music to the next level.

So here it is- the result of a life changing situation that made me realize that you have to make the most of your gifts and appreciate the good people around you. These ten tunes represent a snapshot of my recent journey. They definitely serves as a reminder that is is important to try to achieve your goals; A reminder to "Follow the Dream."

The Tunes

JIGSAW- A blend of styles that was inspired by some of the Blue Note recordings of the late 60's. Throw in cool
guitar work and a great tenor sax solo by John Mendolia and you really have all the pieces to the

L.A. VIBE A melodic showcase for my EVI- it reminds me of the work of the L.A. Express music of the 1970's!
(hence the creative title!)

FOLLOW the DREAM An emotionally-charged tune- we recorded much of this live in one take. Amazing solo by RoboSax.
We added the extra strings and horns later on.

DESERT SUN Mangione meets Santana! Paul and Jay shine on this one.

SWEET DESTINY After a flugelhorn intro- it turns into a funky groove tune that features Tim Cassera on trombone as
well as me on EVI.
SOULMATES A contemporary rock ballad that features RoboSax on Synthophone and me on Flugel.

ZERO POINT ENERGY A RoboSax composition that has plenty of energy! Great showcase for his Synthophone!

MOUNTAIN PEOPLE I wrote this while at a music festival in Upstate New York! EVI and guitar lead the way.

KICK-IT A funky tune that features solos from everyone in the band! (I'm not sure why I called it "kick-it!")

RED BULL JUNKIE An energetic tribute to music of the 70's! Listen for "wah-wah" Marx and the Beatnixx Horns as
well as Paul and Jay laying down the groove!



to write a review

Barry Titone

Fllow the Dream review
I find this Cd to be very refreshing, with hints of nostalgic grooves from classic fusion from the 70's.
Love the use of James's EVI (electronic valve Instrument) as well as Robosax's synthophone. You really do not get to hear these instruments in many recordings today. Jame's compositions are very interesting due in part to tempo changes as well as the different chordal structures. As soon as you think you have the tune" pegged" for a groove and mode, it once again suprises you and changes up. Also the bass work of Paul O'Dell and the percussion of Jay Fields laying it all down makes the band super tight!. Give it a listen!

Barry Titone

Follow the Dream
Very tasty CD. Jame's use of the EVI (Electronic Wind instrument) is awesome . You do not get to hear this instrument too often. It was a refreshing change from the typical so called"Jazz fusion" or should I say newer
sounding jazz,because it's far from a smooth jazz CD. Jame's Flugelhorn playing was also very fluent and the
phrasing was nothing less then brilliant. The tunes were well thought out and love the fact that as soon as you
think you have the tune "pegged' it changes the tempo or even key at times and keeps you guessing to where it
going next,which is a good thing. The rhythm section is tight and the band sounds like a solid unit rather then just a bunch of studio cats backing a solo artist. Give it a listen!

. Too me this
Cd was "a breath of fresh air" for the jazz market.

Barry Titone

Follow the dream
This Cd is a refreshing change from the run of the mill contemporary jazz cd's that are on the market today. Jame's use of the EVI (Electronic valve Instrument) is nothing less the brilliant.His phrasing on both EVI and Flugel horn is fantastic . The tunes on this CD are also well written and thought out,James is very creative. As soon as you think you know where the tune is going to it changes the groove or even the key at times, which is a nice change from what you usually hear out there on the market.
The band is a solid unit and actually play like a tight well rehearsed unit rather then just a bunch of hired studio players backing up a solo artist. I highly suggest that you pick up this CD for something a little bit out of the ordinary you won't be disappointed.

Bob Hunt

Follow the Dream
This CD is a collection of fresh , tight and tasty music that refuses to be put in a box . James has been one of my favorite Flugel Horn players . He has a clean melodic style of playing and I hate to overuse this but nothing describes his playing better than tasty. If it's windcontroller you want, then you've found it. James expands beyond his excellent chops on Flugel Horn with the EWI. You won't find a sweeter player. The icing on the cake is the Synthophone playing of Erik Klein. Erik is a veteran of the Synthophone and adds precise and unique solos to the section work that he shares with James. All of the players in the rhythm section are monsters so what you get is a a great CD.