Sun are the cream of London's jazz musicians coming
together in the studio under the guidance of Incognito
main man Bluey,
to create a smooth but unpredictable blend of soul/jazz
Each band member gets to compose and co produce,
and thus creating a warm musical environment for the creators and
ultimately their listeners. Where the Smooth Jazz genre has
become formatted and albums sound like they are from a production
assembly line, this one breaks the mould.
Featuring the fluid guitar of Jim Mullen (formerly
of Morrisey Mullen and Average White Band fame) and the dynamic Incognito
Horns and rhythm section along with Sade percussionist Karl Vanden
Bossche, the band is always soulful and tight. Though the
compositions are all originals, there are hints and flavours of
early Crusaders, Tom Scott and Donald Bird. Drummer Richard Bailey
(he of Jeff Beck "Blow by blow" fame), lays down his
trademark grooves with a perfect balance of tightness and flair,
whilst allowing space for instrumental layers to flow.
backbone of the music here is the muscular bass of Julian Crampton
who is at home on the 4 or the 5 strings. Ed Jones on soprano and
tenor saxophones weave's memorable story lines on the bones of
well crafted compositions.
Trombonist Fayazz Virji whose resumé
includes Basia, Jazz Warriors and Steve Winwood, along with
Trumpeter Dominic Glover (James Taylor Quartet and Us3) play
engaging solos and come through with some gorgeous arrangements.
Graham Harvey, whose expressive style on
the Fender Rhodes has made him one of London's most sought after
musicians, handles keyboard duties. He is joined by the space
cowboy of the synthesither world Tim Vine (Us3 and Simply Red).
Guest keyboards man Gary Sanctuary is featured on three cuts and
seems to be the link between Grahams organic style and Tim's
Add to the mix the artistry of sound engineer Simon
Cotsworth and you get a high quality package.
Ear candy at its very best!