Surreal

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
After collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, and Italian soul singer Mario Biondi on 2010's Transatlantic RPM, British acid jazz pioneers Incognito hand over the vocal reins to a younger crowd for their 15th studio album, Surreal. It's an inspired move showing that, 30 years on from their debut album, bandleader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick still has his finger on the pulse. While longtime singers Maysa and Vanessa Haynes remain a vital part of the setup, the former kicking off proceedings in style with the bass-driven funk of "The Less You Know," the latter channeling the divas of the Studio 54 era on a cover of Queen Yahna's '70s cult ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
After collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, and Italian soul singer Mario Biondi on 2010's Transatlantic RPM, British acid jazz pioneers Incognito hand over the vocal reins to a younger crowd for their 15th studio album, Surreal. It's an inspired move showing that, 30 years on from their debut album, bandleader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick still has his finger on the pulse. While longtime singers Maysa and Vanessa Haynes remain a vital part of the setup, the former kicking off proceedings in style with the bass-driven funk of "The Less You Know," the latter channeling the divas of the Studio 54 era on a cover of Queen Yahna's '70s cult disco classic "Ain't It Time," it's the new recruits who steal the show. German-born vocalist Mo Brandis displays a maturity and soulfulness far beyond his 26 years on the John Legend-esque lead single "Goodbye to Yesterday" and the summery jazz of "Don't Wanna Know," while Ronnie Scott's regular Natalie Williams justifies the Erykah Badu/Jill Scott comparisons on the gorgeously slinky chillout of "Restless as We Are" and the dreamy bossa nova of "The Stars from Here." If they can hang on to this highly talented lineup, then Incognito's future appears to be in very safe hands indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2012
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351519528
  • Catalog Number: 5195
  • Sales rank: 28,647

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Incognito Primary Artist
Jamie Anderson Flute, Saxophone
Richard Bull Bass, Percussion, Drums
Matt Cooper Keyboards, fender rhodes
Sid Gould Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Maysa Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Thornton Percussion
Ernie McKone Bass
Natalie Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Francis Hylton Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Francesco Mendolia Drums
Camilla Pay Harp
Pete Ray Biggin Drums
Trevor Mires Trombone
Imaani Vocals, Background Vocals
Vanessa Haynes Vocals, Background Vocals
Ski Oakenfull Keyboards
Alistair White Trombone
João Caetano Percussion
Mo Brandis Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jan Kinkaid Drums
Alexei Elfenbein Bass
Technical Credits
Jamie Anderson Composer, Horn Arrangements
Richard Bull Composer, Producer, Engineer
Matt Cooper Producer, Engineer
Sid Gould Horn Arrangements
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Composer
Natalie Williams Composer
Francis Hylton Composer, Producer, Engineer
Matthew Cooper Composer
Pete Ray Biggin Composer
Trevor Mires Composer, Horn Arrangements
Ski Oakenfull Producer, Engineer
Robin Leggett Staff
Mo Hausler Engineer, Mastering
Dominic Oakenfull Composer
Charlise Rookwood Staff
Mo Brandis Composer, Producer, Engineer
Nigel Conway Management
Chris Lewis Staff
Arthur Manning Composer
Alexei Elfenbein Composer
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