Tales from the Beach

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4029758895221
  • Catalog Number: 900676
  • Sales rank: 227,730

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Incognito Primary Artist
Maysa Vocals
Richard Bull Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Piano
Matt Cooper Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Soloist, Clay Pot, Moog Bass
Julian Crampton Bass
Sid Gauld Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Greenwood Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Graham Harvey Electric Piano
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Guitar, Percussion
Tony Momrelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Mellotron, ARP, fender rhodes, Mini Moog
Joy Rose Vocals, Background Vocals
Francis Hylton Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Simon Grey Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Trevor Mires Trombone
Imaani Background Vocals
Ski Oakenfull Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Mellotron, ARP, fender rhodes, Mini Moog, Synthesizer Strings
Iwan Wiradz Bongos, Conga, Tambourine, Vocals, Kendang, Shaker, Wind Chimes
Richard Bailey Percussion, Conga, Drums, Timbales, Shaker
Technical Credits
Richard Bull Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Matt Cooper Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Simon Cotsworth Engineer
Julian Crampton Composer
Sid Gauld Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Paul Greenwood Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Graham Harvey Composer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Brass Arrangment, Audio Production
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Alan Emptage Engineer
Tony Momrelle Composer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, beats, Percussion Programming
Francis Hylton Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Simon Grey Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Trevor Mires Arranger, Brass Arrangment
Ski Oakenfull drum programming, Audio Production, Percussion Programming
Jason Howes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Adventures In Black Sunshine part 2

    They are picking up where Earth Wind and Fire have left off. Not that EWF is still going strong, it's just that Incognito is making fresher albums each time. Although their previous album Bees + Flowers + Thing, which was released earlier this year, boasted a diverse change in chord progressions and moods dating back to the late 60's and early 70's era, Tales From The Beach is still sounds classic Incognito.

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    Posted November 20, 2008

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