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Incognito

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: February 19, 1957    

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The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 31 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1979 and celebrating 31 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2010. From an early age, the UK live scene was a key inspiration for Bluey, having moved to London from his native Mauritius aged ten...
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“Incognito’s uniquely funky, retro soul sound is so urban that it may have at first seemed odd to call their equally infectious, constantly grooving Heads Up debut Tales From The Beach”till we realize that the beaches Maunick is referring to are those on his native island of Mauritius (off the coast of Madagascar). That’s where he got wind of hotel bands and others playing around bonfires and cookouts; the loose, happy flow of Incognito’s bouncy, horn inflected tunes here completely reflects that wistful reference. While Maunick’s crisp, jangling guitar work, Francis Hylton’s bubbling bass and those old school soul atmospheres and horns inhabit every melody and groove, these tales are told by a shimmering array of sensual R&B singers. The most well-known of these to longtime Incognito and smooth jazz fans is Maysa, who took time from her building solo career to grace four tracks with her rich and sexy, dark toned vocals: the soaring, percussive dance gem ‘I've Been Waiting,’ the dreamy melancholy meets joy-infused ‘I Remember A Time,’ the fast rolling jazz tune ‘Never Look Back’ and the sensuous chill rocker ‘When Words Are Just Words.’ At a generous fifteen tracks, Tales From The Beach gives ample tracking to a handful of lead vocalists who are lesser known than Maysa but equally as heart tugging and soul-spiced: Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle and Imaani. The three of them team up on the brass and vibes-tinged anthem ‘Feel The Pressure,’ perfectly showcasing the true ensemble energy that’s made Incognito such a powerful force in post acid jazz groove music for so many years.” All Music

“It is a 15-track set of songs that embody the unique characteristics that are synonymous with the band’s reputation. The album is another remarkable blend of driving rhythms, high-impact horns, and stirring lyrics delivered by an array of expressive vocalists…Incognito’s urban sound is now and has always been a unique and feisty hybrid of funk, brass, retro soul and jazz, and this new album perfectly showcases the true ensemble energy that for years has made Incognito, and Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick alike, such an influential force in the music world.” Smooth Jazz Network

“…the band excels at its particular sound, a unique fusion of funk and jazz. Although Tales from the Beach marks their debut on new label Heads Up, longtime fans can be reassured the move has not altered their musical style… Overall, Tales from the Beach fits quite well within the Incognito catalog. Longtime fans will enjoy their familiar sound, while new listeners will enjoy their cool, laid-back beats. The band has never departed from their signature sound, and in this case, this familiarity is quite welcome.” BlogCritics.org

“In their latest album, Tales from the Beach, UK-based acid jazz band, Incognito, presents a sensually-rhythmic, optimistic collection of hits. Packed with 15 tracks that range from romantic ballads to upbeat jazz fusion numbers, Incognito produces a successful album, one that effectively showcases the musical talent of the group…There is virtually no weak track in Tales from the Beach, and while the album flows effortlessly from one track to another, each track is distinct enough to avoid monotony. Incognito is clearly a permanent presence in the music scene, with good reason: clear vocals combined with positive grooves equals musical success.” The CelebrityCafe.com

“Tales From The Beach offers all ingredients of a typical Incognito album: Sultry vocals, blissful horns and terrific arrangements. A gem of musical eternity.” Smooth Jazz Daily

“The crew turns up the acid jazz vibe on this set that was recorded around the eastern hemisphere and has an upbeat vibe running throughout it. More a concept than a band at this point, the gel is pulled in the right direction for some progressive action that never gets too outside the lines. A nice workout for contemporary jazz tastes.” Midwest Record

“Tales From The Beach was recorded in Italy, Germany, Indonesia, London, and mixed in Jakarta. It is an album of 15 refreshing & uplifting songs, each beautifully crafted; with guest vocals from Maysa Leak on ‘I’ve Been Waiting’, Tony Momrelle turns in a stunning vocal on ‘When The Sun Comes Down’; with other highlights including the four to the floor stomper, ‘Step Aside’ and ‘N.O.T.’, an acid jazz-flavoured tracks with horns reminiscent of the Average White Band.” Acid Jazz

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    Surreal

    Dome Records
    2012
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    The New Millennium Collection


    2012
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    Goodbye To Yesterday


    2012
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    Always There - The Best Of Incognito


    2010
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    Transatlantic R.P.M.

    Dome Records
    2010
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    Tales From The Beach

    Dome Records
    2008
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    That's The Way Of The World


    2007
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