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Album Review

However fans choose to label Incognito's sound in the post-acid jazz world of 2008, it was clear that wherever the group performs, its feisty mix of retro soul, brass, funk, and jazz truly lived up to the title of 2004's Narada Jazz disc Adventures in Black Sunshine. Founder Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and his often rotating "collective" group averaged an incredible six months a year on the road, wowing crowds throughout Europe and Asia, where they're biggest in Japan and Indonesia. 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 — 'til 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 15 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.

Customer Reviews

Another Outstanding CD from an Amazing Band

Anyone that enjoys "Real" music, made by "Real" musicians, and vocals sung by "Real" vocalists will love this newest CD from one of the best Jazz/Soul/R&B bands to ever exist ! Bluey and the Incognito family of talented musicians/singers/writers/etc...have really put together a top notch project. This CD is packed with all the right ingredients to make it one of the best projects Incognito has ever put out...Funky & Jazzy Grooves, a great horn section , and Amazing Vocals from all the singers- especially the sweet and sultry sounds of Maysa Leak, she is a vocal goddess ! This CD is a must for any Incognito fan ! IF you are not familiar with Incognito check it out, and by all means...if they are ever in concert near you GO !!!!!!! One of the best live bands I've ever experienced !

Enrichment for my Spirit!

The BEST album to date! I owe everyone an apology, because I am THE #1 Incognito Fan - and the is the first time I have written a review. Purchase this album now. I have a favorite song for everyday of the week and then [I've Been Waiting] is the song I MUST hear everyday. Incognito - you have done it again - blessing us with music that enriches the mind, body, soul and spirit. We are so fortunate to have a talented band of collective Artists who have somehow synchronized their skills to produce a musical work of art! Much love to all...

Bluey and Crew have done it again

Wow! I am sooo digging this new record, one of the best they have done....Bluey has really brought it on this one...Real Incog fans will love it....


Genre: Jazz

An acid jazz project with surprisingly deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/fusion world, Incognito were originally formed by Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) and Paul "Tubbs" Williams. Both were leaders of the late-'70s disco-funk group Light of the World, who scored several moderate British hits, including a cover of "I Shot the Sheriff." Just after the release of Light of the World's third LP (Check Us Out), Maunick and Williams shifted the lineup slightly and renamed the conglomeration Incognito. A...
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