formation Incognito initiated by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick
is an ever-changing conglomerate of highly talented
musicians who have been instrumental in shaping the content
of the term acid jazz.
This website has tried to approach the phenomenon of his
personality through record reviews, interview, essays and
concert reports. I myself had only the opportunity for a
short conversation with Bluey on the occasion of a concert
in Cologne, but have been one of his admirers for many
So it's a pleasure to welcome Into You, a new album
released this month on the Shanachie Entertainment label.
The massive scale of such a project can easily be seen in
the credits. The comprehensive album
kicks off with Keep Me in the Dark and features
vocalist Natalie Duncan. Natalie Alexis Duncan is a British
soul musician from Nottingham, England. The piece is
characterized by a brilliant horn section and a virtuoso
piano solo by Chicco Allotta.
The title song is interpreted soulfully by Cherri V. This
British vocalist already stands out for her red hair but
especially for her expressive R&B voice. Nothing Makes
Me Feel Better, also with the dominant voice of Cherri
V, is remarkable for its special dynamics, powerful
horns and a captivating drive. Colourblind returns
to the singer Natalie Duncan who is in the absolute center
with a sophisticated jazzy arrangement.
With Keep On Dancing, Cherri V challenges the
listener to not lose the love of life and to keep moving.
Because movement is life. Saxophonist Paul Booth,
responsible for the fantastic horn arrangement of The
Lowrider, has already arranged for Incognito the tune
Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (2022). Outstanding
Charlie Allen's guitar solo! Yamaha stated this man made a
name for himself in the jazz scene with his intricate and
precise yet detailed style.
Reconsile The Pieces presents Natalie Duncan and
Tony Momrelle in typical Incognito harmony, carried
beautifully by Sid Gauld's flugelhorn. With Stories Of
Our Past, Cherri V harkens back to the band's past
musical trends, pounding hard with powerful horn
arrangements. With Come To Me Incognito returns to
instrumental music featuring Sid Gauld's finest trumpet and
Chico Allota's virtuosity on piano.
Days Like These shows more of Cherri V's vocal
talent. She is presented on this album with four songs and
you cannot decide which one is the best one. Close To
Midnight is an audiophile revelation with protagonists
Max Beesley on vibraphone, Charlie Allen on guitar and
Ludivine Issambourg on flute. Make Me Change My Mind
lives the chorus and delights us with the exqusite timbre of
Chico Allota, who in the course of this album has already
attracted our attention with his mastery of the piano, shows
us his distinct vocal talent on 1993. On Step
appears as a platform for Natalie's experimental vocal
artistry, leading the band into an instrumental ecstasy.
Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and
vocalist James Berkeley makes a guest appearance on Tell
Me Something. That makes you sit up and take notice.
The closing track of this album is Back On The Beach,
which is especially tailored to the smooth jazz community
with its all-pleasing sound. Thus, the general response
among critics is positive.
The new album of Incognito Into You turns out
exuberant with 16 pieces of music and testifies to the
elemental act of creation of the project, which has settled
around Jean-Paul Maunik.