NEW ALBUM: TRANSATLANTIC RPM OUT AUGUST 6TH 2010 GUEST VOCALS FROM: CHAKA KHAN, MARIO BIONDI, LEON WARE AND MORE…
Transatlantic RPM is the new album from Incognito, celebrating their 30th anniversary as one of the UK’s leading jazz-funk-soul bands. The album- recorded in London, Rome and Los Angeles- is released on August 6th - out on Dome Records distrubted throught Planet/MGM - and is a collection of 16 stunning new tracks with special guests including; Chaka Khan, Italy’s Mario Biondi, soul legend Leon Ware, Ursula Rucker, Christian Urich from Tortured Soul, ex-Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender and guitarist Al McKay of Earth Wind & Fire.
Opening track ‘Lowdown’ revisits the Boz Scaggs hit with stand-out vocals from Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi. Los Angeles rapper Luckyiam guests on ‘Everything That We Are’, while Leon Ware is in fine form on the string-laden ballad ‘Line In The Sand’. ‘1975’ with vocals by Joy Rose is the story of Bluey’s introduction to jazz and soul music. Christian Urich takes things in a soulful house direction on ‘Let’s Fall In Love Again’, while Chaka’s second contribution ‘The Song’ is co-written by her. Instrumental ‘Expresso Madureira’ was originally recorded by Brazilian group Banda Black Rio. The album closes with a rare lead vocal by Bluey himself on ‘Tell Me What To Do’.
As well as the guests, Incognito regular vocalists Maysa, Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle and Vanessa
Haynes are all featured.
1. Lowdown (feat Mario Biondi and Chaka Khan)
2. Everything That We Are (feat Luckyiam)
4. Your Sun My Sky
5. Line In The Sand (feat Leon Ware)
6. Gotta (feat Ursula Rucker)
7. Let's Fall In Love Again (feat Christian Urich - Tortured Soul)
8. The Song (feat Chaka Khan)
9. Put A Little Lovin' In Your Heart
10. All of My Life
11. Expresso Madureira
12. Life Ain't Nothing But A Good Thing
13. Make Room For Love
14. Can't Get Enough (feat Mario Biondi)
15. The Winter Of My Springs
16 Tell Me What To Do
Notes To Editors:
Incognito was formed in 1979 by Mauritius-born Jean-Paul Maunick, known to all since childhood as Bluey. The son of Edouard Maunick, a distinguished African poet and writer, who was his country’s ambassador to South Africa after Nelson Mandela became president, Bluey moved to London when he was 10. Fourteen studio albums later, Incognito remains one of the busiest of all UK bands.
Along the way Incognito have had hit singles – ‘Always There’ and ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing’ were two of the biggest – and have sold more than 750,000 copies in America of their Talkin’ Loud albums Positivity and 100 Degrees and Rising. They have performed at all the major festivals from Montreux to Monterey to North Sea Jazz and since 2007 alone, have performed in more than 30 countries.
Bluey prides himself on running probably the most multi-cultural band in Britain and claims to have used more than 1000 different musicians and vocalists during Incognito’s near 30-year career, the line-ups varying from eight-piece to 14-piece and more. Many of the current key members, however, have been in place for several years- among them bassist Francis Hylton and keyboard player Matt Cooper.
Bluey has also worked as a producer with other artists – George Benson, Philip Bailey, Maxi Priest and Brenda Russell among them.
He experienced a career highlight in Los Angeles when, unbeknown to him, Stevie Wonder crept onstage during the band’s performance of ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing’ and began playing.