Amplified Soul

Amplified Soul

by Incognito


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Amplified Soul

In 2013, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick stepped out with his first solo album, Leap of Faith -- a stylistically varied set on which he performed the lead vocals -- but he quickly went to work on fresh material with the group he has led for over four decades. Leap of Faith evidently didn't drain his creativity, as Amplified Soul is another double-length Incognito album, 70 minutes in duration. Though it doesn't feature Maysa Leak or any collaborator on the level of Transatlantic R.P.M. contributors Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and Al McKay, it certainly isn't short on powerful and uplifting lead vocal turns. Maunick works with some names familiar to Incognito fans and continues to keep it fresh with new voices. Most notably, there's the underexposed Deborah Bond on "I See the Sun," a gorgeously rolling number near the end that could just as easily follow the album's introduction. Melonie Crosdale leads "Rapture," another beaming, kicked-back groove that stands with the group's best work. They take it back a little farther than their typical mid-'70s to early-'80s well of inspiration for the strutting "Hats (Makes Me Wanna Holler)," one of their funkier straight-R&B songs. At this point, even the most casual listener knowledgeable about the group's inspirations won't be surprised that a piece titled "Wind Sorceress" resembles Mizells-era Donald Byrd. And yet, despite the obvious likeness, it's fully enjoyable, filled with little details that make it more than a mere tribute. As usual, Maunick either wrote or co-wrote all the original material, and there's a cover -- a festive version of Atlantic Starr's 1985 single "Silver Shadow," fronted by Vanessa Haynes.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351541826
catalogNumber: 5418
Rank: 40241

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incognito   Primary Artist
Jamie Anderson   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Bull   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Nick Van Gelder   Drums
Sid Gould   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nigel Hitchcock   Alto Saxophone
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Ross   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Robert Quintero   Conga
Tony Momrelle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Francis Hylton   Bass
Francesco Mendolia   Drums
Deborah Bond   Background Vocals
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Imaani   Background Vocals
Vanessa Haynes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vula Malinga   Background Vocals
Ski Oakenfull   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Gerard Maunick   Guitar,Soloist
Katie Leone   Vocals,Background Vocals
João Caetano   Percussion
Matt Cooper   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Chiara Hunter   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jamie Anderson   Horn Arrangements
Carleen Anderson   Composer
Richard Bull   Composer,Producer
Sid Gould   Horn Arrangements
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Lewis   Composer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Composer
Marcel Albert   Band Photo
Francis Hylton   Composer
Francesco Mendolia   Composer
Deborah Bond   Composer,Producer
Trevor Mires   Horn Arrangements
Ski Oakenfull   Producer
Mo Hausler   Engineer
Nicholas Laget   Vocal Engineer
Wayne I. Lewis   Composer
João Caetano   Composer
Matt Cooper   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Nigel Conway   Management
Melonie Crosdale   Composer
Lisa A.   Cover Model
Greg Woodcock   Tour Manager
Chiara Hunter   Composer

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