After waiting more than 30 years to record his first solo album – 2013’s Leap of Faith - Bluey enjoyed the experience so much that he is following it up with a very impressive second solo set Life Between The Notes. The album will be released in the UK and Europe on April 20, and it sees Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick working with co-producers Richard Bull, Ski Oakenfull, Dan Goldman aka JD73 and Incognito’s Matt Cooper.
Bluey has surpassed himself, venturing into new areas and developing his own jazz vocal style. And there are some seriously funky tunes for the dancefloor. Bluey displays an assured vocal performance on a wide range of songs from the disco flavour of “Hold On” and the dancefloor-friendly title track (Says Bluey: “I quote my record collection…the songs that have fanned the flame of this long musical journey”) to the funky falsetto of “I’ve Got A Weakness For Your Love” and the jazzy “Saints and Sinners” and “Columbus Avenue”. The album shows a real development for Bluey, especially as he ventures into more jazz-leaning vocal material. He feels the album has “a jazz undertow that sweeps the whole thing along”. Of the album’s closing track “Sunships On The Shores Of Mars”, he calls it “the deepest adventure I’ve allowed myself to take into the world of jazz. It allows me to croon like I’ve never crooned before.”
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