Transatlantic R.P.M.

Transatlantic R.P.M.

by IncognitoIncognito


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Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and Incognito have become an insitution on the British groove scene, for their jazz-funk and nu-soul hybrid. Transatlantic R.P.M. marks Maunick's 30 years in the music biz and celebrates with 14 new songs, 13 of them originals. Bluey enlisted a slew of friends to join the party. The set opens with the album's lone cover: a convincing reading of Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown," featuring Italian clubjazz singer Mario Biondi and Chaka Khan. The arrangement doesn't differ all that much from Scaggs' version (thankfully) but the meld of Biondi's and Khan's rough-edged lead vocals juxtaposed with a smooth backing chorus, a slightly faster tempo, and a popping bassline after the bridge, distinguishes it. Another notable cut is Bluey's funky name checking homage to the 70s and his youth entitled "75"; it's sung by Joy Rose with a gorgeous horn arrangement by Kevin Robinson. Leon Ware puts in a fine performance on the babymaker, makeup number "Line In The Sand." Bluey's guitar work is, as usual, tasteful and understated, but adds immeasurably. Ursula Rucker sings and speaks on the stepper "Gotta," while Khan gets her own showcaseon the jazzy, string and Rhodes laden, "The Song." Longtime vocalist Maysa shines on the summery "Your Love My Sky," with beautiful guitar work from Bluey and a fine brass arrangement by Trevor Mires. The lone instrumental on the set "Expresso Madureira," mixes Brazilian and Afro Latin rhythms in a heady, funk brew with popping percussion and horns. A Stevie Wonder meets Roy Ayers vibe distinguishes the '70s groove at work in "Life Ain't Nothin' But A Good Thing" sung by Vanessa Haynes. Biondi returns on the breakbeat clubjazz of "Can't Get Enough," backed by Incognito's stellar chorus. Bluey even takes a vocal on the closer, "Tell Me What To Do." While he's no match for the other singers here, the track's breaking, cut time rhythm, breezy atmosphere, and lithe, sensual melody makes it a nu-soul winner. Incognito may not be innovating on Transatlantic R.P.M., but in showcasing the many places they've been, and the wide vein they've mined, they don't need to. This is a summeritme party record with fine songs and good vibes in abundance.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2010
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351518323
catalogNumber: 5183
Rank: 21592

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incognito   Primary Artist
Dave Williamson   Trombone
Richard Bull   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Clahar   Saxophone
Matt Cooper   Keyboards
Sid Gauld   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Greenwood   Flute,Saxophone
Graham Harvey   Keyboards
Maysa   Vocals,Background Vocals
McKay   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Stuart Zender   Bass
Leon Ware   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Hawkes   Viola
Ursula Rucker   Vocals
Thomas Dyani   Percussion
Julian Leaper   Violin
Dan Carpenter   Trumpet
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Tony Momrelle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Keyboards
Dominic Glover   Trumpet
Joy Rose   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Francis Hylton   Bass,Keyboards
John Christian Urich   Vocals,Lead
Finn Peters   Flute,Saxophone
Lurine Cato   Vocals,Background Vocals
Luckyiam   Vocals
Gail Evans   Background Vocals
Pete Ray Biggin   Drums
Simon Willescroft   Saxophone
Vanessa Haynes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mario Biondi   Vocals
Simon Kodurand   Violin
Hildia Campbell   Background Vocals
Ben Hancox   Violin
Yuri Kalnits   Violin
Nick Squires   Cello
Miss Cherokee   Background Vocals
Bluey   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlise Rookwood   Background Vocals
Alice Hall   Violin

Technical Credits

Dave Williamson   Horn Arrangements
Richard Bull   Composer,Engineer
Chaka Khan   Composer
Matt Cooper   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sid Gauld   Horn Arrangements
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer
David Paich   Composer
Kevin Robinson   Arranger,Brass Arrangment,Trumpet Arrangement
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Leon Ware   Composer
Ursula Rucker   Composer
Thomas Dyani   Composer
Dan Carpenter   Horn Arrangements
William Scaggs   Composer
Claudio Stevenson   Composer
Tom Stanley   Engineer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Composer
Dominic Glover   Horn Arrangements
Joy Rose   Composer
Jorjão   Composer
Tommy Woolfolk   Composer
Francis Hylton   Composer,Producer
John Christian Urich   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Joshua Minyard   Engineer
Pete Ray Biggin   Composer
Trevor Mires   Brass Arrangment,Trombone Arrangement
Andy Savours   Engineer
Simon Willescroft   Horn Arrangements
Mario Biondi   Composer
Mo Hausler   Programming,Engineer
Dilip Harris   Engineer
Bluey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,beats
Timothy Motzer   Vocal Recording

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