Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Inakustik
  • UPC: 707787909723
  • Catalog Number: 9097
  • Sales rank: 76,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Talkin' Loud (3:55)
  2. 2 Step Aside (5:38)
  3. 3 When the Sun Comes Down (5:22)
  4. 4 Jacob's Ladder (6:35)
  5. 5 Centre of the Sun (5:31)
  6. 6 Get Into My Groove (5:20)
  7. 7 Labour of Love (5:39)
  8. 8 Ain't No Mountain (4:20)
  9. 9 Always There (4:21)
  10. 10 Colibri (5:52)
  11. 11 N.O.T. (7:39)
  12. 12 This Thing Called Love (8:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Still a Friend of Mine (6:22)
  2. 2 Can't Get You Out of My Head (4:32)
  3. 3 Deep Waters (4:29)
  4. 4 Wild and Beautiful (5:46)
  5. 5 Morning Sun (4:58)
  6. 6 Expresso Madureira (6:04)
  7. 7 Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing (8:15)
  8. 8 Reach Out (3:10)
  9. 9 Everyday (4:36)
  10. 10 I Hear Your Name (8:26)
  11. 11 Nights Over Egypt (6:43)
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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
Alice Hall Violin, Guest Appearance
Davina Clarke Violin, Guest Appearance
Vince Greene Viola
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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