Life Between The Notes
℗ 2015 Dome Records Ltd
Released: 17 April 2015
Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick
Dome Records Ltd
01. Life Between The Notes
“This second solo album has a jazz undertow that has taken me in some new directions and may surprise some folks out there”. So says Bluey of his new Dome album “Life Between The Notes” Having waited more than 30 years to record his debut solo set – 2013’s “Leap of Faith” – INCOGNITO’s driving force Jean-Paul ‘BLUEY’ Maunick enjoyed the experience so much that he went back into the studio to record what is a very impressive second solo release. Very rarely featured as a vocalist on the band’s albums, Bluey displays an assured vocal performance on a wide range of songs – from the disco flavour of “Hold On” and the dancefloor-friendly title track (Says Bluey: “I quote my record collection…the songs that have fanned the flame of this long musical journey”) to the funky falsetto of “I’ve Got A Weakness For Your Love” and the jazzy “Saints and Sinners” and “Columbus Avenue”. Much of the album is co-produced and co-written with one of his long standing collaborators Richard Bull, while other co-producers include Ski Oakenfull, Incognito’s Matt Cooper and Dan Goldman (JD 73) The new album shows a real development for Bluey, especially with his venture into more jazz-leaning vocal material and the percussive jazz of “Trippin’ On This Feelin’”. Of the album’s closing track “Sunships On The Shores of Mars”, he says: “This is the deepest adventure I’ve allowed myself to take into the world of jazz. Graham Harvey at the piano, Richard Bull on drums, percussion, bass and guitar, create the sound of an intimate quartet that allows me to croon like I’ve never crooned before. Now that was fun! This may be the beginning of something new…”
Having waited more than 30 years to record his debut solo album - 2013's "Leap of Faith" - Incognito's driving force Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick enjoyed the experience so much that he returns with an impressive second solo set "Life Between The Notes" Bluey displays an assured vocal performance on a wide range of songs from the disco flavour of "Hold On" and the dancefloor-friendly title track (Says Bluey: "I quote my record collection…the songs that have fanned the flame of this long musical journey") to the funky falsetto of "I've Got A Weakness For Your Love" and the jazzy "Saints and Sinners" and "Columbus Avenue". The album shows a real development for Bluey, especially as he ventures into more jazz-leaning vocal material. He feels the album has "a jazz undertow that sweeps the whole thing along". Of the album's closing track "Sunships On The Shores Of Mars", he calls it "the deepest adventure I've allowed myself to take into the world of jazz. It allows me to croon like I've never crooned before."
Classy & Cool *****
by Evesham Glenn
Just received this follow up album from Bluey & I must say its excellent!
Bluey has blended 13 very cool, very classy tracks which are different again from his previous album, except for Bluey's soulful voice & personal music touch
The keyboard solos which feature on several tracks are sublime.
This isnt what I call dance music, in the same way Incognito is, but more a sophisticated, relaxing, toe tapping and thoroughly enjoyable mix of music!
Bluey- as always, you are a star & my music hero...superb
Five Stars *****
by Mark Punter
I love everything that Bluey ever touches so I am biased but really enjoying his personal journey...
Five Stars *****
by Mark Punter
Another collection of classy and varied grooves from the UK Jazz Funk n Soul Maestro