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Bluey: Leap of Faith

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Producer-guitarist Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, the main force behind the popular British acid-jazz outfit Incognito, steps out as a leader on his debut solo album, Leap of Faith. Maunick never sang much with Incognito, mostly leaving vocal duties to others, particularly singer Maysa Leak. Here, he does all the singing, and his voice proves to be a pleasant and surprisingly versatile instrument.

Maunick turns in a range of vocal performances. He employs a Prince-esque falsetto on the catchy pop number “Live Like a Millionaire,” a tune that includes a finger-snapping doo-wop break, while “Keep Myself Together” features vocal harmonies on the chorus that wouldn’t be out of place on a Donald Fagen album.

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