Incognito founder Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick realized his musical ideas always with various formations.  Citrus Sun is one of these groups. Member of this project are Bluey (guitar and vocals), Jim Mullen (guitar), together with Incognito members Matt Cooper (keyboards), Francis Hylton (bass), Francesco Mendolia (drums, percussion)), Francisco Salas (guitar),   and Dominic Glover (trumpet). Furthermore singer Imaani and Natalie Williams are joining the band.

After Another Time Another Space (2000) and People of Tomorrow (2014) is Ride Like The Wind (2018) their third joint project.

The title of the first piece Refugee is very topical in this day and age. As an instrumental, the piece composed in cooperation of all participating musicians offers music of the finest, although the possibility of a message was omitted.

Ride Like the Wind was originally written by singer and songwriter Christopher Cross in 1980. The song is newly interpreted by singer Imaani with her inimitable voice, but the song has also an impressive instrumental part. On Calling Mr Wolf Matt Cooper (piano) and Dominic Glover (trumpet) shine on their specific instruments, where the band always keeps the sailing strongly in the jazz area.

Joao Caetano sings Vontade de Rever Você in Portuguese language, originally interpreted by Marcos Valle and Leon Wares on Marcos' album Nova Bossa Nova in 1987. Citrus Sun shows what you can get everything out of this piece. The Stallion Rides Again reunites the listener with the easygoing uplifting sound of Incognito. With solos by Francesco Mendolia (percussion and drums), Dominic Glover (trumpet) and Francisco Sales (guitar) leave nothing to be desired.

Send Me Your Feelings (originally recorded by the New York-based Japanese jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino) brings with Natalie Williams another female voice into play. Seven critically acclaimed albums under her belt make this soul/jazz artist to a first choice. But don't await a soft song, the other musicians provide excitement with tremendous expressivity. Who loves the guitar sitar, here played by Bluey, should listen to All Mine.

A special feature of the album is the five-part Krabi Suite. Bluey comments: “Krabi Suite is the result of extracts from one long jam we played at Krabi Road Studio in Thailand. We will always have the fondest memories of these creative times in an ideal location”. Long-Tail Boat to Railay is located in the jazz fusion area and gives plenty of room for intensive improvisations. My One and Only Tuk offers a melodic inclusion. Tuk is the name for a small vehicle mostly on motorcycle base, which enriches the street scene in various forms.

Don't Tell Me What to Do delights the audience with the Incognito typical sonic sound, embedded in a rhythmic flow. Reno and the Queen Pin can pass smoothly as a suitable sequel. The rhythm fired Back to the Moon gives the whole thing an appropriate finishing frame.

Citrus Sun is serving with Ride Like The Wind a tasty buffet of finest music. Call the style like you want, you can not go wrong with buying this album.







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Album Information

Title: Ride Like The Wind
Artist: Citrus Sun
Year: 2018
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Dome Records Ltd.


1 Refugee 7:24
2 Ride Like the Wind (feat. Imaani) 5:31
3 Calling Mr Wolf 4:04
4 Vontade de Rever Você (feat. Joao Caetano) 4:47
5 The Stallion Rides Again 4:48
6 Send Me Your Feelings (feat. Natalie Williams) 5:46
7 All Mine 4:04
8 Long-Tail Boat to Railay (Krabi Suite, Pt.1) 5:47
9 My One and Only Tuk (Krabi Suite, Pt. 2) 2:24
10 Don't Tell Me What to Do (Krabi Suite, Pt. 3) 3:30
11 Reno and the Queen Pin (Krabi Suite, Pt. 4) 2:31
12 Back to the Moon (Krabi Suite, Pt. 5) 2:19

Further review

Another Time Another Space

People Of Tomorrow