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Maysa – Motions Of Love

Maysa Leak, best known by her mononym Maysa, is one of the leading jazz and soul singer of our time. She became popular by her work as lead-vocalist of the British Jazz-Funk band Incognito. Since 1991 she is integral part of this group and has strongly influenced the band’s vocal style. Her first album with Incognito was Tribes, Vibes and Scribes (1992).

In her solo career she expands in the smooth jazz genre with the albums Maysa (1995), All My Life (2000), Out Of The Blue (2002), Smooth Sailing (2004), Sweet Classic Soul (2006), Feel The Fire (2007), Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010) and now Motions Of Love (2011).

On her new album she is accompanied by a legion of musicians like Chris “Big Dog” Davis (keyboards), who produced a great part of the album, Eric Jackson (guitar), Paul Aborgast (trombone), Charles Baldwin (bass), Carl Carter (bass) and many more.

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Maysa – Motions Of Love

Longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa is one of finest Soul/Jazz singers to emerge in the past 20 years, as evidenced by her acclaimed solo albums highlighted by her gorgeous, unique vocal sound. Motions Of Love s a set of all new songs, highlighted by a wonderful duet with Dwele and featuring a new song composed and produced especially for this album by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Over the years Maysa has established herself as one of the leading contemporary female soul singers, her new album Motions Of Love she will please her many fans. ‘Get With Me’ is a nice uptempo track, the shuffling ‘Name It On The List’ grooves along nicely, and ‘Love Sweet Love’ is a good dancer. ‘Dance With Me’ is a good mid tempo stepper, ‘Hold On’ is a nice subtle mid tempo that builds nicely, ‘Flower Girl’ an upper mid tempo head nodder featuring Dwele.

The atmospheric cover of Angela Bofill’s ‘I Try’and the ballad ‘It’s Over are also highlights, as well as “Have Sweet Dreams” featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica. The album is set to be released November 8, 2011

Incognito – Transantlantic RPM

The long awaited new album from Incognito is almost with us. The band’s 30th anniversary album is titled Transantlantic RPM and is set for release on July 26 on Dome (Dome CD 306). In the States the album is distributed by Shanachie Entertainment, in Germany by Edel Records. The European and the American CDs have different covers! At Bluey’s request, Dome will also be releasing the album on double vinyl – Dome LP 306.

The album is truly stunning. Sixteen tracks in all, with special guests including Chaka Khan (on two tracks), Mario Biondi, the legendary Leon Ware, Al McKay of Earth Wind & Fire, Christian Urich of Tortured Soul, Ursula Rucker, and Los Angeles rapper Luckyiam.

This is like no other Incognito album you have heard before.

Also featured is a rare lead vocal performance from Bluey, who closes the album with “Tell Me What To Do”.

And regular Incognito vocalists Maysa, Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle and Vanessa Haynes are all featured.

Maysa – A Woman In Love

Historically jazz singers have always sung repertoire that transcended musical genres. Ray Charles recorded country songs, Dinah Washington fused blues, rock and pop hits of the day and Ella Fitzgerald took nursery rhymes and swung them into unforgettable hits. Often the true mark of a great singer is the ability to take a song and transform it into something unique and undeniably believable. Singer Maysa does just that every time she steps to the microphone. Maysa is a true original. Blessed with a remarkably beautiful and instantly recognizable voice, the vocalist possesses the ability to know just where to take a song and what to do to unearth the heart of it and drive it home.

Maysa is a singer who is at home in any musical context whether it be jazz, soul, funk or R&B. She is also a first rate composer. It is no wonder why Jazziz Magazine calls her “One of the most identifiable and consistently enjoyable singers on the scene today!” and why The Baltimore Sun calls Maysa “one of the best singers in underground soul.” The songbird, who was a member of Stevie Wonder’s Wonderlove and who was the lead vocalist for the celebrated British jazz/funk group Incognito, has just nabbed a Soul Train Award for “Soul Approved Underground Singer.” For Maysa, singing is truly a labor of love. “I love singing for people and I love helping people get through life’s hard times and celebrations,” confesses the powerhouse vocalist. “I simply love loving people and I do this through my music.”

On Maysa’s new and fourth Shanachie Entertainment recording, A Woman In Love, the refreshingly honest singer explores the many sides of love with a sublime set of eleven tracks that range from classic jazz repertoire to Maysa originals and the more bluesy side of jazz and R&B. “This CD is special tome because I have always wanted to go back to my roots and training as a jazz singer,” says the Baltimore native. “I was trained to sing everything, so I always will. I came up with the concept of mixing the old with the new because I love jazz, soul and R&B so much that it’s all one thing to me.”

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