Friday, August 18, 2017

Incognito – Always There (12″ Mix)

Classics: Incognito – Always There (Talkin’ Loud)

There was Ronnie Laws, then Willie Bobo releasing this. Then there would also be Side Effect around the same period, although adding vocals to it. With thanks to songwriter Paul B Allen III. Following the path of the latter, British Jazz/Funk combo Incognito would get it to another dimension, 15 years after, back in 1991.

No matter how long ago it has been released, their version still sounds so fresh nowadays. With thanks to Disco diva Jocelyn Brown who, in her distinctive style, would get this song to the next level. But also to Def Mix, David Morales who, keeping its original arrangements alive, brought them a magnetic depth.

The work of a dream team. Always there? No wonder why!

Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams gave birth to Incognito as an offshot from Light Of The World back in 1979. From then, the group has collaborated with la crème de la crème of an ever boiling British groove scene.

Strangely enough, it took them 10 years to deliver the follow-up to their debut-album – ‘Jazz Funk’ – released back in 1981. But their recognition would be instant with the release of ‘Inside Life’. An album which featured the memorable ‘Always There’, ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Can You Feel Me’. It also marked the start of a long relationship with Gilles Peterson‘s label. The latter eventually bringing Incognito‘s repertoire to new audiences with the help of remixers such as Masters At Work, Roger S and Carl Craig among others. This resulting in the rework of gems such as ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Givin’ It Up’ and ‘Out Of The Storm’.

How to not remember neither of their brilliant participation to the 1994 ‘Stolen moments: Red Hot + Cool’ album issued on GRP? And more precisely of ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’??? One of the best British Jazz/Funk compositions of all time which saw them jamming along with Carleen Anderson and Ramsey Lewis

Under his own banner, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick delivered his debut-album – ‘Leap Of Faith’ – in March 2013. There, he brilliantly made the demonstration of his skills as a singer. Meanwhile as a producer, he has collaborated with artists such as Paul Weller and George Benson. Not to mention and Terri Callier. And, more recently, Russian singer Olga Makovetskaya.

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