Single: Cenzo – Beg, Borrow, and Steal

I was listening to new ska music that came out last week and I ran into an artist that I had never heard before in Cenzo. Cenzo is out of New England, and I have no idea how I’ve not heard of them before. Fronted by Vinny Nobile- the trombone maestro from Bim Skala Bim and The Pilfers fame, I am surprised that I wasn’t already familiar. What’s even more surprising to me is that they just released a 7 song covers album in October that completely eluded me. Here it is, a mere 5 months later, and they are dropping an original tune. 

“Beg, Borrow, and Steal” is a reggae/ ska track that immediately grabbed my attention- enough so that when I heard the song, I immediately looked up the band and decided I would write a review. It has a nice smooth East Coast sound that reminded me of that heavy reggae influenced laid back rocksteady and ska sound that has thrived in that part of the US for the last 30-40 years. Vinny’s trombone skills are top notch, and you can hear them from the very beginning- however, with him being the lead on this album, the horns are at a minimum during the vocal portions. 

I’m pleased to report the vocals are delivered excellently, and Vinny has a voice that holds its own, as he promises to “Beg, Borrow, and Steal- steal your heart away”. The end of the song features more horns that add just the right textures and mood. Cenzo is showing the sexy side of ska that is often forgotten in ska discussions. Just put it on, light some candles, and enjoy the night.

Written by Gimpleg

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