Tales from the Beach

Tales from the Beach

by Incognito
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Tales from the Beach

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0053361314125
catalogNumber: 3141
Rank: 34281

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
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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Tales from the Beach 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago