Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert

Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert

by IncognitoIncognito


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Technically, Incognito were justified in claiming a 30th anniversary in 2009, in the sense that Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and Paul "Tubbs" Williams began calling their band by that name (after stints as New Life and Light of the World) in 1979, even though they did not release their first Incognito album, Jazz Funk, until 1981, and then the act went dormant for a decade until Maunick resurrected it in 1991. By then, there was not much chance of this British jazz-funk big band getting significant attention in the U.S., because its sound was strictly out of the '70s-'80s Earth, Wind & Fire songbook (with some smooth jazz side trips) and American R&B had moved on to rap and hip-hop. But that didn't keep them from building up a following in Europe and Asia in the '90s and 2000s while releasing a series of albums (with some moderately successful attempts to market them in the U.S. in the dance and contemporary jazz categories), and that is what is being celebrated on this double-CD live set, nearly 20 years of funky rhythms, punchy horn charts, and interchangeable soul singers. The inclusion of a small string section gives some of the tracks the feel of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, and the occasional performances of Motown standards ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing") contribute to the retro mood. Now and then an instrumental ("Jacob's Ladder," "Colibri," "Expresso Madureira") stakes the band's claim to smooth jazz legitimacy. Clearly, it all works for Incognito's British following, even if the sound is old school to American R&B ears.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Inakustik
UPC: 0707787909723
catalogNumber: 9097

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incognito   Primary Artist
Jocelyn Brown   Vocals,Group Member
Richard Bull   Guitar,Group Member
Matt Cooper   Keyboards,Group Member
Sid Gauld   Trumpet,Group Member
Graham Harvey   Keyboards,Group Member
Randy Hope-Taylor   Bass,Group Member
Maysa   Vocals,Group Member
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Guitar,Vocals,Bandleader,Group Member
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Simon Hale   Conductor
Thomas Dyani   Percussion,Group Member
Everton Nelson   Violin
Becca Ware   Viola
Catherine Browning   Violin
Tony Momrelle   Vocals,Group Member
Ian Burdge   Cello
Joy Rose   Vocals,Group Member
Chris Worsey   Cello
Francis Hylton   Bass,Group Member
Finn Peters   Saxophone,Group Member
Francesco Mendolia   Drums,Group Member
Gail Evans   Background Vocals,Group Member
Trevor Mires   Trombone,Group Member
Imaani   Vocals,Group Member
Vanessa Haynes   Vocals,Group Member
Dira   Background Vocals,Group Member
Alison Dods   Violin
Pete Biggins   Drums,Group Member
Karl Vandenbosche   Percussion,Group Member
Davina Clarke   Violin,Guest Appearance
Vince Greene   Viola
Alice Hall   Violin,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Bernhard Roessle   Producer
Kevin Amos   Engineer
Neil Gordon   Direction
Christopher "Trapper" Blastock   Stage Crew
Chris "Big Foot" Lewis   Stage Crew
Fraser "Stumpy" Mc Avoy   Stage Crew
Oscar Ball   Engineer
Moritz Hausler   Engineer

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