“I’m a man on a mission and music is my only weapon.” – BLUEY
Bluey and Incognito continue to raise us to our feet with their funky and insatiable grooves. They also elevate our consciousness with their moving visions and dreams on In Search Of Better Days. “We are living in troubled times and I see the plight of the young in my neighborhood, the refugee crisis in London and all over Europe. Corruption. Child abuse. There is political, religious and financial misguided ideology all around the globe,” expresses Bluey, the mastermind behind Incognito. “My trade is music and social awareness, and as such, I am fully aware of those In Search Of Better Days, including myself!”
Incognito’s 17th studio album bridges the classic sounds of the past and the tonal and sonic languages of the present and future. The songs on In Search Of Better Days are songs of love and awareness, that question, challenge, and deliver optimism, joy, and hope.
Bluey as a producer, songwriter and musician, collaborated with a who’s who list in music including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Chaka Khan, R. Kelly, Leon Ware, George Duke, Phillip Bailey, Steve Gadd, Maxi Priest and countless others. You would think that a 37-year-old band would rest on its laurels…right? No, not Incognito! The band is as creative and full of fire as it was at its conception in 1979. A rare feat in these days and times.
Maysa on Bluey:
“Working with Bluey & Incognito for the last 25 years has been incredible.
Bluey has taken me around the world several times and has allowed me to sing very special
songs. Our magic is from Heaven and feels like it was destined.”- MAYSA
The stunning and talented vocalist Maysa celebrates her 50th birthday and her Silver Anniversary with Incognito this month (August). In Search Of Better Days features Maysa on four tracks, All I Ever Wanted, Selfishly, All I Ever Wanted, and Everyday Grind which Bluey cites as one of his favorites on the album. ”
Bluey on ‘Everyday Grind’ & Maysa:
“Everyday Grind’ is the freshest thing I’ve done in years. Sonically it’s the sound of the London I
know, in combination with, my favorite voice on the planet -Maysa. It’s about a break up in a
relationship that both Maysa and I could identify with and thus tell the tale convincingly
because we both lived it!”- BLUEY
In Search Of Better Days features Stuart Zender and some of the UK’s finest voices Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Tony Momrelle, Katie Leone, Vula Malinga. Also highlighted on the CD is the dynamic singer/pianist and lable-mate Avery*Sunshine, drummer Richard Spaven, cosmic percussionist Jody Linscott, and Japanese guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei of Kill Bill fame.
Grounding the entire album are the usual suspects: Matt Cooper and Ski Oakenfull (keyboards); Francis Hylton (bass); Francesco Mendolia (drums); João Caetano (percussion); Francisco Sales (lead guitar); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Trevor Mires and Alistair White (trombone); Paul Booth, Jim Hunt, and Andy Ross (sax and flute); and Richard Bull (everything).
Fueled by his passion for storytelling and creating unity through the Grooves, Incognito’s In Search Of Better Days surely takes us there. This album is . . . Truth! The musical wizard concludes, “When you are lucky enough do what you love for a living, that alone is enough to make you want to carry on, add to that the friendships, the wonderful journeys around the world, the possibility to communicate and stimulate change for the better… The thrill just keeps getting stronger!” Highly recommended, ABYSSJazz
Don’t Miss Incognito’s US Tour This Fall
October 19 – Yoshi’s, San Francisco October 31 – Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis
October 21 – Yoshi’s, San Francisco
October 23 – Jazz Cruise, Miami
October 24 – Jazz Cruise, at sea
October 27 – Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta
November 1 – BB Kings, New York
November 2 – BB Kings, New York
November 3 – Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia
November 4 – Bethesda Jazz and Blues, D.C.
November 6 – Hub City Jazz Festival, New Brunswick