CD Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert (CD 6308023),
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Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Talkin' Loud
    2. Step Aside
    3. When the Sun Comes Down
    4. Jacob's Ladder
    5. Centre of the Sun
    6. Get into My Groove
    7. Labour of Love
    8. Ain't No Mountain
    9. Always There
    10. Colibri
    11. N.O.T.
    12. This Thing Called Love
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Still a Friend of Mine
    2. Can't Get You Out of My Head
    3. Deep Waters
    4. Wild and Beautiful
    5. Morning Sun
    6. Expresso Madureira
    7. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
    8. Reach Out
    9. Everyday
    10. I Hear Your Name
    11. Nights Over Egypt
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): INAK9097

  • Credits
    ProducerBernhard Roessle
    EngineerKevin Amos; Oscar Ball; Moritz Hausler

    Personnel: Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick (vocals, guitar); Vanessa Haynes, Imaani, Maysa , Jocelyn Brown, Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle (vocals); Richard Bull (guitar); Lucy Wilkins, Alison Dods, Davina Clarke, Alice Hall, Everton Nelson, Catherine Browning (violin); Becca Ware, Vince Greene (viola); Ian Burdge, Chris Worsey (cello); Finn Peters (saxophone); Sid Gauld (trumpet); Trevor Mires (trombone); Graham Harvey, Matt Cooper (keyboards); Pete Biggins, Francesco Mendolia (drums); Karl Vandenbosche, Thomas Dyani (percussion); Gail Evans, Dira (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Kevin Amos; Oscar Ball; Moritz Hausler.
    Recording information: IndigO2, London, England (08/22/2009).
    Editor: Paden de la Fuente.
    Photographer: Michael Antoniou.
    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. ~ William Ruhlmann

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