Adventures in Black Sunshine

Adventures in Black Sunshine

by Incognito
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Adventures in Black Sunshine

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724357086325
catalogNumber: 70863

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
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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