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Bluey and Incognito Deliver Flawless and Varied “Better Days” CD

Incognito - In Search of Better Days
In Search of Better Days
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick is easily among the most prolific men in modern music, particularly within his specialty niche of acid jazz/club/quiet storm. Between his solo CDs, outside productions and, of course, his work as leader of the collective Incognito, he is also a generous giver with projects usually no less than 14 solid tracks apiece.

Kandace Springs | EP

Kandace Springs
Kandace Springs | Kandace Springs EP
Blue Note Records
by Brent Faulkner
From the first time the listener hears the music of Kandace Springs, there’s something immediately special. The singer/songwriter has given us a glowing first impression upon a numerous people, including Prince. If that isn’t enough to awe itself, Spring’s EP Kandace Springs EP should definitely do the trick and provide the ear with something truly alluring.

Sheila E. | ICON

Sheila E. - Icon
Sheila E. | ICON
Moosicus (2013)
Review penned by Brent Faulkner
After a hiatus of more than a decade, multitalented veteran musician Sheila Escovedo –best known as Sheila E. – releases her latest album ICON via Moosicus, an independent label based in Germany.  Icon proves to be a captivating album showcasing Sheila E.’s tremendous musicianship and eclecticism at work, although its availability solely is an import in the U.S (as of yet).

Boney James | Christmas Present

Boney James - Christmas Present
Boney James | Christmas Present
Concord Records | 2007
By Terrill Hanna
The Return of Boney James!
Do you have “Funky Christmas”? If so, then you will already know the matter at heart as to when Boney brings the rhythm to the beat. His sax approach carries heavy R&B overtones & often highlight or ‘energizes’ a smooth jazz genre to the respect of contemporary jazz. His “Shine” album was reviewed here on T.U.M.S. & has done well on Billboards Contemporary Jazz chart. As for his “Christmas Present”.