Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Incognito – Trouble Don’t Last Always (GRP)

Classics: Incognito & Carleen Anderson – Trouble Don’t Last Always (GRP)

Over 80 records to the credit of Ramsey Lewis and 3 Grammy Awards, no less! Enough to be getting the man in an unlikely to be launched Jazz Hall Of Fame, don’t you think?

Released as a 12″ back in 1994 on Sound Proof Recordings and included in the ‘Stolen moments: Red Hot + Cool’ compilation issued on GRP that same year. Undoubtedly one of the best British Jazz/Funk compositions of all time. ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’ sees Incognito frenetically vibing along with singer Carleen Anderson. The lady reaching the upper heights after a vibrant intro by the likes of Lewis on piano. With, as most likely expected, some incredible horn parts.

Released more than 20 years ago and still firing… One would hardly get better than this!

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’. 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

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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