INCOGNITO & FUNKY DISCO
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The success of Incognito, the now legendary British jazz funk band, led by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, is one of the great stories of UK music – their uniquely British sound has endured as a global phenomenon for almost four decades.
Although their self-titled 1981 debut was a landmark for UK jazz-funk (featuring a young Sade pictured on the cover and guests including Hugh Masekela), it was their early ‘90s recordings for Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label (‘Inside Life’, ‘Tribes, Vibes and Scribes’ and ‘Positivity’) that spawned hits such as ‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’ and ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ that would see them becoming million-selling artists on the international stage. And with club remixes by the likes of David Morales and Roger Sanchez they would take clubland — and the charts — by storm.
Albums have followed thick and fast featuring the best of the young crop of musicians and singers alongside bigger established names. The writing has gotten deeper, the music always uplifting, and the productions timeless. Bluey and Incognito have gone on to produce and collaborate with a who’s who of legendary artists – George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Philip Bailey, Jocelyn Brown, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, Mario Biondi — Bluey Maunick can take his place among the greats of global soul.