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Bluey – Tinted Sky

He is regarded as the forefather of the British acid jazz and jazz funk movement. In the main profession musician, in the secondary profession band founder and talent promoter. The Mauritius born music genius Jean Paul Maunik, better known as Bluey, co-founded the band Light Of The World before he achieved world fame with the group Incognito. Never self-sufficient, he founded the side projects Citrus Sun and Innershade and to complete the portrait he already released his solo albums Leap Of Faith (2013) and Life Between The Notes (2015).  With some delay his third solo album Tinted Sky will be released in June on Dôme Records (UK) and Shanachie Entertainment (USA).

Bluey performs on the new album lead guitar, keyboards and vocals. Richard Bull plays guitar, keyboards and all other instruments. He is also responsible for programming, recording, mixing and mastering. All songs were produced, written and arranged by both.

Bluey also provides the explanation for this intimate two-man project. “When you live in a large family in one house, it’s great to pack up in the middle of the night and disappear where nobody knows your name, live off the land and to do things without the big picture in mind. Just do! That’s what this is!”

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Bluey – Tinted Sky

“When people relate to my songs, they are no longer mine,” explains ground-breaking UK groove master, vocalist and guitarist Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick. “If I hear Stevie’s ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,’ I don’t have an image of Stevie Wonder singing this. I see the face of the girl I was kissing when I heard that record. The fantasy belongs to the listener.” Bluey has worked with Stevie as well as James Brown, Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, Phillip Bailey and countless others.

This is the creative genius of Bluey, the pioneering acid-jazz architect who helped to lay down the blueprint for neo-soul and the creative force behind Incognito, the preeminent Funk/Jazz/Soul/Dance outfit in the world. A modern day troubadour, Bluey’s songs are evidence of his truth. The honesty, gritty soul and earthiness that lives between each dancing note and harmonic crevices, are the sustenance-filled ingredients that his devoted fans adore. The Mauritian born musician who was raised in the UK will release Tinted Sky, his heartfelt collection of original songs compositions in collaboration with Richard Bull (Incognito, Basia, Acoustic Alchemy, Maysa) on June 26, 2020.

For those who are used to experiencing Bluey in a mega-band setting, it is a delight to hear this more intimate collection. Bluey confesses that the solo affair allows him to dig even deeper. “I get to escape the band,” he laughs. “When you live in a large family in one house, it’s great to pack up in the middle of the night and disappear where nobody knows your name, live off the land and to do things without the big picture in mind. Just do! That’s what this is!” Continue reading

The Lewis Express – Clap Your Hands

Primarily based in Leeds, The Lewis Express is comprised of many of the musicians that have graced previous ATA Records releases: George Cooper, Piano (Abstract Orchestra) Neil Innes, Bass (The Sorcerers, The Magnificent Tape Band, Tony Burkill), Sam Hobbs, Drums (Dread Supreme, Tony Burkill, Matthew Bourne) and Pete Williams, Percussion (The Sorcerers, The Magnificent Tape Band, Tony Burkill).

Recorded over an intense two-day session, ‘Clap Your Hands’ is heavily influenced by the classic soul jazz recordings of The Young Holt Trio / Young Holt Unlimited, and Ramsey Lewis, from who this group take their name. As with many of the classic Ramsey Lewis cuts this album was recorded live, capturing the rich inter-relationship between the players and leaving in some of that chunky room noise. Everything comes together here, with a mid-60s Cadet record feel throughout.

Please follow the link and scroll down the page to get fully access to all tracks of the album Clap Your Hands.

Four80East – Straight Round

Toronto based musicians Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace are Four80East. They started with The Album in 1997, followed by Nocturnal (2001), Round Three (2002), En Route (2007), Roll On (2009), Off Duty (2012), Biblotheca (2013), Four80East LIVE (2014), Positraction (2015), Cherry-Picked (2016), a Vinyl-collection, and Four On The Floor (2018).

Their new album Straight Round is announced for March 20,2020. The promotion speaks about neo-jazz, soul, funk and jazz as stylistic classification. Opener of the album is Around The Corner which in its introduction is reminiscent of the style of The Art Of Noise. But then the tight groove kicks in and that is the trademark of the Toronto duo. The guitar motif is influenced by Hall and Oates.

All The Marbles is Brubeck’s Take 5 on ecstasy. A sonorous synth bass combined with a jazzy guitar, that is hip, that is hop. The percussion seduces me to activate my HandSonic. The absolute bang is however the infectious Ba Ba Brazil, which will certainly climb the charts of all radio stations.

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Citrus Sun – Expanses and Vision

Incognito founder Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick realized his musical ideas always with various formations. Citrus Sun is one of these groups. Member of this project are Bluey (guitar and vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), together with Incognito members Matt Cooper (keyboards), Francis Hylton (bass), Francesco Mendolia (drums, percussion)), Francisco Salas (guitar), and Dominic Glover (trumpet). Furthermore singer Imaani and Natalie Williams were joining the band. After Another Time Another Space (2000) and People of Tomorrow (2014) is Ride Like The Wind (2018) their third joint project.

Now they return with Expanses and Vision (2020), their fourth project. Like its predecessor Ride Like The Wind, the album has been recorded in Thailand and London. The 11 tracks are primarily instrumental, but there are some stunning vocal tracks, which feature Valerie Etienne, Noel McKoy and Bluey aka Jean-Paul Maunick of Incognito himself. Legendary UK guitarist Jim Mullen returns on a blistering version of Lonnie Liston Smith’s classic “Expansions” (with vocals by Jamiroquai’s Valerie Etienne) and “Stay You”, a Seventies- styled tribute to the late Leon Ware. Featured along with Jim – and trumpet player Dominic Glover – on “Hard Boiled”, a funky instrumental which comes to the boil nicely at around 5 minutes, is the youngest addition to the band, 22-year-old Indonesian harmonica sensation Rega Dauna.

Noel McKoy is the guest vocalist on a gritty reworking of the Ashford-Simpson favorite “California Soul”, with background vocals from Valerie Etienne and Hazel Fernandes. And Bluey himself contributes vocals on several cuts, including the album closer “Thinking Of You”, a gorgeous soulful bossa duet with Deborah Bond.

Pre-order the album on Amazon.com.

Dave Mascall – Acid Lounge Vol. 5

Dave Mascall was born in Southend and began playing guitar at the age of 14. He was fortunate to stand in for smooth jazz star Peter White for a brief period playing in the backing band together with top latin percussionist Snowboy for ex Matt Bianco singer, Basia. He then spent some time playing and touring  at home and abroad with Sister Sledge, George McCrae, Boney M, Odyssey, The Drifters and others. Dave formed a commercial rock duo, Skratch, with vocalist and frontman Pete Tobit  and this resulted in performing in two soul and Motown tribute shows – Reach Out and Sisters of Soul.

The last few years has seen some prolific musical output from Dave with his main interest being the Acid Lounge project. The Acid Lounge series of recordings is where Dave has been combining his jazz flavored guitar style with his love of upbeat and laidback dance orientated grooves.And so the musical journey continues with Acid Lounge Vol 5.

Get this album on Dave’s website.

Incognito – Tomorrow’s New Dream

British acid jazz band Incognito release their new album Tomorrow’s New Dream on November 8th 2019, and have announced a huge homecoming London show at Indigo at The O2 on December 4th 2019, marking an incredible 40 years since their formation.

An enduring relationship with music has seen Jean-Paul (Bluey) Maunick lead his band Incognito to their 40th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Bluey has recorded a brand-new album of songs and instrumentals with the hallmark Incognito sounds both familiar and fresh, encompassing acid jazz, soul, funk, and neo-soul.

This album offers a rich sonic journey at every turn that features special guests Maysa, Phil Perry, Take 6, Mario Biondi and many others, collaborating with band members past and present, along with the talented new ’Cogs’. It’s a record of brand-new, original tracks that would feel right at home featuring on any of their most enduring, classic releases from the past. Continue reading

Down To The Bone – Funkin’ Around (A Collection of Remixes and Reworks)

FunkinAroundDown To The Bone is a project by producer and writer Stuart Wade. The project is named after the former London jazz club “To The Bone”. Although Stuart is the mastermind of the project, he never performed an instrument on the recordings or the live events. Nevertheless his ideas are so flashing, that the project has a tremendous success especially in the States.

All started with the first album From Manhattan To Staten in 1996 on the UK label Internal Bass Records. The Urban Grooves (1999) and Spread The Word (2000) followed on this label. Crazy Vibes and Things (2002) was released on GRP, Cellar Funk (2004), Spread Love Like Wildfire (2005), and Supercharged (2007) on Narada, Future Boogie (2009) on Shanachie, The Main Ingredients (2011) and Dig It (2014) on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, the UK­-version on Dôme Records.

Funkin’ Around (2019) is a collection of remixes and reworks. Electric VibesThe FlowRight On Baby YeahFunk’ AroundAngel BabyWildfire WomanBlack ChoiceWatch Me Fly and Brooklyn Heights are the basis of the remixes. Acid Jazz is anyway a format that is less suitable for listening than for dancing. For this reason the rhythm plays a superior role and takes the same rank as the melody.

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The Brand New Heavies – TBNH

Can it really be thirty years since The Brand New Heavies first sashayed their way into the public eye with a romantic’s heart, a hedonist’s spirit and a Superfly sensibility?

Their extraordinary new album TBNH, however, finds the band – and main songwriters funk-soul brothers Andrew Levy (bass) and Simon Bartholomew (guitar) – embarking on an entirely new chapter in their illustrious history.

A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched-soul balladry, TBNH refines, reimagines and ultimately reinvents a winning formula which has won them sixteen top 40 hits and three million album sales. The morello cherry in the glass? A breath-taking cover of Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls, recorded with long-term associate and vocalist N’Dea Davenport produced by Heavies uber-fan Mark Ronson. A return to the classic line-up that had originally brought the funk into the nascent producer’s life having caught their live show in New York in ’91, a meeting that later saw him invite the band to play at his fortieth birthday celebrations. Insistent once more to reconvene the same personnel, he has successfully reunited N’Dea and the Heavies for this recording. As Simon says of their collaboration with the planet’s hottest producer; ” It’s incredible to think that everything he’s done since has been shaped by us. It’s a cool thing.”

At the album’s core, a friendship dating back to the mid-eighties, and their shared experiences growing up in Ealing, West London. “For us it’s always been about a love of funk, and the positive things which go with it, like dancing, hanging out and having a good time,” says Simon of one of pop’s most stylish and enduring partnerships.“We didn’t invent the wheel, but we did reinvent it to a certain extent by going back to the people in America who made the funk in the first place. That love of the music never goes away.”

Tracklisting
1. Beautiful with Beverley Knight
2. Stupid Love with Angela Ricci
3. Just Believe In You with Siedah Garrett
4. Getaway with N’Dea Davenport
5. Heat with Honey Larochelle
6. The Funk Is Back with Simon Bartholomew
7. Together with Angie Stone
8. These Walls & N’Dea Davenport
9. It’s My Destiny with Siedah Garrett
10. Wired Up with N’Dea Davenport
11. Dance It Out with Angela Ricci
12. Little Dancer with Jack Knight
13. Dontcha Wanna with Laville
14. Get On The Right Side with Angela Ricci

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Chris Standring – Best Of Chris Standring Remixed

Actually guitarist Chris Standring didn’t want to release a best-of album, because in his opinion every interested fan can download his music individually. One then came up with the idea of releasing remixed versions. Chris was immediately taken with this idea. He commissioned the producers Rodney Lee and Matt Cooper, and Chris himself set to work to include pieces he thought worthy in this collection.

The pieces were not simply remixed, but re-recorded by the musicians involved. If you want to compare the original recordings with the newly recorded ones, it’s not made that easy. The starting track Stop It (Mercury Mix 2019) for example was taken from Chris first album, released in 1996 under the band name Solar System featuring Chris Standring, keyboardist Rodney Lee and lyricist C.R.A.S.H.. Dino Soldo performed the sax on the original. That was the high time of acid jazz. The new version is more upbeat, the rhythm more powerful, one notices the routine of the last twenty years.

Fast Train To Everywhere was originally recorded on the album Blue Bolero (2010). The original orchestral approach featuring Barbara Porter’s string orchestra is only hinted  and abandoned in favor of the main motif on the Jupiter Mix 2019. Those who prefer the original can listen to an alternative recording on the album Live In London (2017).

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