To my knowledge, the band Inner Shade has only released one album. That album, 4 Corners, was released in 1998. Inner Shade was a side project for Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick, the leader and co-founder of the legendary jazz-funk band Incognito. The sound of the band wasn’t too far off from Incognito, right down to vocals from Maysa Leak on today’s featured song.
The Morning Groove for today is “Heaven” by Inner Shade. If I do “Heavenly” for #RomanticTuesday, it seems only fitting to have a song called “Heaven” for the following day’s feature, no?
If you like strings, horns, funky basslines and danceable grooves, this one’s for you. I won’t say too much else about it, other than to say it’s another in a group of great songs that Maunick and Leak have performed over the last twenty-five years. Even if it’s not billed to Incognito, you can tell it’s not too far from their sound. Plus, that uptempo beat certainly can get your morning off to a flying start—and there’s nothing that sounds bad if Leak is singing on it.
I hope you enjoy “Heaven,” and as always, thanks for reading and listening.