Lost but not least! Incognito – Morning Sun (Danny Krivit’s Extended Re-Mix) (Pony Canyon Inc.)
Switching from a label to another is most likely to an artist what relocating to another hosting company for a website. Although the transition happened to be quite quick for Incognito. Soon after the release of the release of ‘Life, Stranger Than Fiction’. An album which would be their very last for Talkin’ Loud back in 2001.
Strange to see as to how, with such an impressive discography, they managed to stand true to the words of the memorable ‘Always There’. And this despite so many line-up changes. The whole showcasing, if this was ever needed, the obvious aptitude of band leader Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick to pick up people and get them at the right place. With ‘Morning Sun’, from their ‘Who Needs Love’ 2002 debut-album for Dôme Records, makin’ no exception. Meanwhile welcoming Ed Motta but also Kelly Sae and Joy Rose, in charge of the vocal duties…
‘Morning Sun’ carries all the ingredients that made the Incognito sound what it is. In other words, those firing string and horn lines over a bouncing bass-driven Jazz/Funk pattern. Meanwhile displaying an irresistible positive message. And, in the meantime, the constant elegance of their music.
Such an elegance couldn’t meet another but the one of Danny Krivit who got commissioned to retouch ‘Morning Sun’ by Japanese label Pony Canyon Inc. as a part of the ‘ Love X Love (Who Needs Love Remixes)’ album they released the year after. And what a(nother) blast this is. Don’t you think?
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 It’. But 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…
Meanwhile, the beginning of the Millenium would mark a turning point for Incognito. The band switching from Talkin’ Loud to Döme Records with the release of their 2002 ‘Who Needs Love’ album. Extra gems following from then. From ‘Morning Sun’, as beautifully edited by Danny Krivit. To ‘Step Aside’ with remixing work courtesy of Dimitri from Paris and DJ Mémé. But also ‘We Got Music’ as remixed by Matt Cooper. This in addition to ‘Freedom To Love’ which eventually got a release on Reel People with Atjazz in charge of the remixing duties. Or their cover version of Ned Doheny‘s ‘To Prove My Love’ to name but a few.
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 Terry Callier and, more recently, Diplomats Of Soul (‘Brighter Tomorrow’ and ‘Sweet Power Your Embrace’). Then Russian singer Olga Makovetskaya.