The multicultural collective Incognito, founded by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick are pioneers of the 80s London acid jazz scene. They achieved their biggest commercial success with hit covers of Ronnie Laws’s Always There (featuring Jocelyn Brown), and Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, which helped propel five consecutive albums into the US jazz chart Top Five. Now over 40 years on, the Bluey and Incognito story of success remains a uniquely Great British adventure. From Top 10 hits to producing and collaborating with legendary artists — from R&B icons and powerhouse vocalists to contemporary jazz musicians to international multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, including 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.
Bluey has also explored Incognito off-shoot projects, including the largely instrumental group called Citrus Sun, which was inspired by Bluey’s desire to form a band with legendary jazz guitarist Jim Mullen. Initially formed in 2000 from members of Incognito, Citrus Sun has released another 3 albums from Dôme Records. Additionally, in 2005, Bluey formed the Hope Collective and released the single Give & Let Live on Expansion, in support of the Asian tsunami victims and the people of Darfur in Sudan. The single featured an all-star lineup that included Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood and Omar. In May 2015, they released another single, Send Your Love, to raise funds for UNICEF to aid the people of Nepal following the massive earthquake.
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