Maysa, the voice behind many an Incognito jam, shines like a rare gem on this gorgeous follow-up to 2000's jazz-radio hit All My Life.

Maysa, the voice behind many an Incognito jam, shines like a rare gem on this gorgeous follow-up to 2000's jazz-radio hit All My Life. On delicious, airplay-worthy tracks like sleek and funk-spiced shuffler "Mr. So Damn Fine" and the gently percussive "Blue Horizon," Maysa proves that she has the vocal chops to make the most complex arrangement appear simple. Producer Hideout does a fine job of surrounding the artist with lush instrumentation that will please jazz modernists while also opening possibilities of enticing mainstream R&B listeners. Added listening incentive is provided by the participation of venerable singer Will Downing and guitarist Peter White on the hit-ready "Simple Life." Justice prevailing, Out of the Blue will propel Maysa to critical and commercial heights recently reserved for Alicia Keys and Angie Stone.—LF