Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Incognito – To Prove My Love (Dôme Records)

Single Of The Week: Incognito – To Prove My Love (Dôme Records)

Time doesn’t seem to have effect on Incognito. Contrary then, with the band strengthening their maturity as years go by. One of the highlights of their recently released ‘Classic Album Series’, ‘To Prove My Love’ perfectly illustrates this. Meanwhile it follows their tradition of coming up with stylish cover versions.

In the footsteps of ‘Always There’ or ‘Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing’ which they respectively took from Ronnie Laws and Stevie Wonder, ‘To Prove My Love’ sees them on a smoother tip. Takin’ on where Ned Doheny left back in 1979, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick & Co. bring it to the next level.

You, familiar with this band, should all know about their outstanding musicianship. And this joint makes no exception. Vanessa Haynes takes the centerstage vocally speaking, bringing a lot of emotion to the whole. Meanwhile the band is left in charge of the rest, delivering blowing horns arrangements as usual. Not to mention a flute part courtesy of Jamie Anderson acting like the icing on the cake…

A cut also available from the ‘Incognito Play Jazz Funk EP’ 4 tracker. We just didn’t want to miss this. And neither should you…

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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