Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Incognito – Jacob’s Ladder (MAW Yorican Mix)

Most Wanted! Incognito – Jacob’s Ladder (MAW Yorican Mix) (Talkin’ Loud)

Question: What does ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ refer to? The high voltage travelling arc of the name? The 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne? None of them at the end. No more than to the young adult novel by British author Brian Keaney which saw the light back in 2005. In other words, 10 years after Incognito‘s jam of the likes…

As a matter of fact, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ has most likely much more to do with the connection between the earth and heaven that the biblical Patriarch Jacob dreamed about during his flight from his brother Esau, as described in the Book of Genesis (* Wikipedia)

The ending cut to their ‘100° And Rising’ album, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is an outstanding Jazz/Funk experimentation. Somehow bringin’ back to the souvenir of Jazz fusion. Blending lush strings and horns with stellar keys by the likes of Graham Massey along with infectious percussions courtesy of Max Beesley. Masters At Work recapturing its original spirit although slighly resizin’ it for the dancefloors over a bassline reminding of the one of Michael Jackson‘s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’.

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Overview
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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