Adventures in Black Sunshine

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's funny how every time another phenomenally funky, brass-fired groove party comes out in the shape of another solid Incognito date, the label touts it as "retro." This time, Narada Jazz's press materials focus on all of group mastermind Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick's influences in order to remind listeners that he's a child of the '70s. But the basic soul vibe of that decade has been the defining element of Incognito's sound since their first disc in the early '80s. The big story on 2003's Who Needs Love was the inclusion of a Brazilian vibe via Ed Motta, and here it's the return after several albums of the honey soul-voiced Maysa Leak, who was a big part of the group's...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's funny how every time another phenomenally funky, brass-fired groove party comes out in the shape of another solid Incognito date, the label touts it as "retro." This time, Narada Jazz's press materials focus on all of group mastermind Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick's influences in order to remind listeners that he's a child of the '70s. But the basic soul vibe of that decade has been the defining element of Incognito's sound since their first disc in the early '80s. The big story on 2003's Who Needs Love was the inclusion of a Brazilian vibe via Ed Motta, and here it's the return after several albums of the honey soul-voiced Maysa Leak, who was a big part of the group's rise to acid jazz prominence in the early '90s. Depending on the intensity of the groove, Leak's cool vibes add breeze or urgency over the course of her seven tracks -- from the laid-back seduction of "Don't Turn My Love Away" to the more danceable and emotionally charged "Everything Your Heart Desires" and the moody, socially conscious "This Thing Called Love." Listening to the irrepressible instrumentals, which keep the groove moving under increasingly snazzy horn fire, it's clear the kind of impact Incognito has had on newer Brit outfits like Down to the Bone. "The 25th Chapter" rolls on and on like a disco on fire with jazzy flute pepper trying to put it out, while no less than George Duke another '70s-minded jazz-funk genius spices up the spacy soul jam "Mindin' My Business" with some out-there Rhodes improvisations. Even with some 1,000 musicians passing through Incognito's ever-revolving doors and ever-evolving sound, Maunick's admiration for the soul music that first inspired him comes through brilliantly every time out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724357086325
  • Catalog Number: 70863
  • Sales rank: 84,799

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Incognito Primary Artist
George Duke fender rhodes
Maysa Vocals, Background Vocals
Thomas Dyani-Akuru Percussion
Sarah Brown Background Vocals
Matt Cooper Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Julian Crampton Bass
Graham Harvey Bass, fender rhodes
Imani Background Vocals
Neville Malcolm Bass
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Guitar, Background Vocals
Andy Ross Flute, Saxophone
Chris DeMargary Soprano Saxophone
Tony Momrelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Kalimba
Nichol Thompson Trombone, Electric Bass, Vocoder
Dominic Glover Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tyrone Henry Vocals, Background Vocals
Bluey Guitar, Background Vocals
Jamie Norton Keyboards, Wurlitzer, Electronic Piano
Gail Evans Background Vocals
Richard Bailey Drums
Technical Credits
Tom Johnston Composer
M.H. Cooper Composer
Matt Cooper Producer
Simon Cotsworth Producer, Engineer
Graham Harvey Composer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Daniel Maunick Producer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Andrew Carver Assistant Photographer
Dominic Glover Brass Arrangment
Bluey Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Jamie Norton Composer
Shelton Miranda Clothing Design
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