by Incognito


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2012
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351519528
catalogNumber: 5195
Rank: 53563

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
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   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
Charlise Rookwood   Staff
Mo Brandis   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nigel Conway   Management
Chris Lewis   Staff
Arthur Manning   Composer
Alexei Elfenbein   Composer

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