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Incognito

An acid jazz project with surprisingly deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/fusion world, Incognito were originally formed by Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) and Paul "Tubbs" Williams. Both were leaders of the late-'70s disco-funk group Light of the World, who scored several moderate British hits, including a cover of "I Shot the Sheriff." Just after the release of Light of the World's third LP (Check Us Out), Maunick and Williams shifted the lineup slightly and renamed the conglomeration Incognito. A decade separated their first and second albums, but from the early '90s through the early 2010s, the group recorded at a steady rate and stuck to their colorful hybrid sound.

Incognito debuted with the single "Parisienne Girl" and released the 1981 LP Jazz Funk, but were inactive during the rest of the 1980s. Maunick continued to write material for his group, even while working with Maxi Priest and others. (Williams later moved to Finland.) By the beginning of the 1990s, DJ legend and early Incognito fan Gilles Peterson had founded the Talkin' Loud label and he made Incognito one of his first signings. Their 1991 update of Ronnie Laws' "Always There," featuring lead vocals by Jocelyn Brown, became a Top Ten hit as part of Britain's booming acid jazz scene, prompting the release of Incognito's second album overall, Inside Life. It was largely a studio affair, with Maunick and engineer Simon Cotsworth directing a large cast with many of the best musicians in Britain's fertile groove community.

With 1992's Tribes Vibes + Scribes, Maunick added vocalist Maysa Leak to the lineup. A cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" became another Incognito hit, and the album ascended Britain's pop charts even as it rose on America's contemporary jazz charts. The third album, Positivity, became the group's biggest album success, with much attention across Europe as well as Britain. Leak unsuccessfully attempted a solo career with Blue Note, leading to temporary vocal replacement Pamela Anderson (not the Baywatch pinup) on 1995's 100° and Rising. Leak returned, though, appearing on the following year's Beneath the Surface. During the latter half of the decade, Incognito expanded their discography with 1996's Remixed, 1998's Tokyo Live, and 1999's No Time Like the Future.

The group's first two albums of the 2000s, Life Stranger Than Fiction (2001) and Who Needs Love (2002), were made without Leak. The latter, the first of several releases for the Dome label, featured Brazilian vocalist Ed Motta. Leak returned for Adventures in Black Sunshine (2004), a set that also boasted a guest appearance from longtime Incognito inspiration George Duke. Bees + Flowers + Things (2006) was a mix of cover versions along with re-recordings of four Incognito classics. More Tales Remixed (2008) involved remixes from Dimitri from Paris and Mark de Clive-Lowe, among others.

Incognito began the 2010s by acknowledging a major group milestone, most notably with the two-CD Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert, as well as their 14th studio set, Transatlantic R.P.M., featuring performances from Chaka Khan, Mario Biondi, Leon Ware, Ursula Rucker, and Leak. Surreal (2012) was followed by Bluey's first proper solo album, Leap of Faith (2013), while Amplified Soul (2014) -- one of the group's several releases to exceed an hour in length -- showed that their productivity was hardly on the wane. ~ John Bush & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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I've been @ fan since the beginning, have all of your CD"s along with Maysa and anticipate every new cd. I even have Kellie Saer (3) c.d.s. I live in Harlem, ny and still haven't gotten a chance to see you perform which I still can't believe. I even have my little sister looking forwards to your next. C.d.s. LOVE YOU. LOVE YOU. LOVE YOU!!! :-)
Bluey you are truly a G.O.A.T. in the musical Universe.... ride the Wind Brother.... the Starfoxx
Great music love it
They are the opposite of the group name. They can be found anywhere. You know it when you EAR IT. All those instruments collaboratin g at the same DAMN TIME
Please come to the Entertainmen t Capitol of the World. ....Las Vegas. ....
Wish they would come to Las Vegas.....
one of the best bands
Love them much. Great to see a diverse group of people coming together for one purpose. Smooth! !
Wish they would come to Vegas....
pwhitemnd1
Someone should correct the bio. Maysa is indeed successful. I have seen her in concert, solo, several times. She is incredible!! She is the reason I love Incognito.
I'm about start dj on radio station and I will play them.
I just started listing to Incognito and I love it I'm hooked
Love everything by Incognito! This band just NEVER misses! Awesome talents!
Aloha brada blue and band love you at the Grove in hawaii best concert got up in front and funk, jazzed, R&B all night long ! The best part was talking, signing autograph on my cd positivety talking to you, drummer Richard Bailey, bassist really humble and good badass musicians the best

Love & Aloha
Rube's
I'm glad I had that time to see them at North Sea Fest in Rottdam NL
What a pleasure to hear from INCOGNITO, that's whats up I almost forgot about them
ingraml27
Bluey, thank you thank you thank you for introducing us to Maysa!!!!!!! ! ! !
warrickl
I just created a Brand New Heavies station - loved them from the late 90's and this song popped up... I forgot that I loved Incognito from the same era.. gotta love Pandora...
Bluey and his vocalists are the best.
Imani, Maysa, Tony, etc are the Mix that I have enjoyed for quite awhile. Bluey continues to accept new artists. Bluey is the most innovative, songwriter, musician, producer in this genre. He continues to crank out music like Surreal. Listen to Bluey and Company at the Java Jazz Festival ( Jakarta, Indonesia) and you will see his ( as Keith Harris so eloquently phrased it) VISION!
Bluey please do not ever stop the music!!
Bluey and Company are the truth and the light! Great musicianship , songwriting and vision equals great art! Keep bringing it!
srichards08
Love, love this band. Got a chance to finally see them in concert in Atlanta several weeks ago. What an amazing performance! They are truly a group that LOVES music and enjoy performing. I'm a big concert goer, and that was one of the best that I've been to.
kenneth.nock 8
I love this group. I would love to see them in concert.
Went to see them in concert at BBKings the show was exhilrating! !
Incognito is a hell of a Band nice & Funky
This group is HOT! Song has a nice vibe.
@revsimpson2 . They are just as great live or better. Saw them in Cleveland late 90's
revsimpson2
i would love to see this group live...
nsst032
I love this group...fait h f u l am I to them!
This band is excellent they remind me of Shalamar and Delegation funky all the way live.
Love this song!great melody.
brown9114
Reminds me of Tower of Power
Incognito is the perfect blend of jazz, R&B, pop and no other group delivers more soulful and sexy richly textured smooth sophisticate d lyrics coded with such deep messages. Love them! They were such a powerful group.
My boyfriend hip me to them back in the 90's, I've been thier #1 fan ever since. Hopefully I will see them in concert in NY in April. Yayyyyyy!
Maysa has the voice of life!!

Every time I have to get into the zone at work, I'm so thankful for this band. Their grooves keep me working at optimum level. Incognito is my liveliehood.
ladyfox411
I have not heard ANYTHING from this group that I do not like!!
funky! Will capture your mind and take you far away to nirvana.
I've been a fan since their first album. I love their style of music....it' s funk, jazz;, and soul mixed in one.. Incognito is the best band to ever hit the land
Incognito is the center of all music. Love this band
This a great band. With all this jive music out here its so refreshing that Bluey and the gang is still going strong.
lriley967
Thanks for correcting the boi YEAH!!!
thomaszigan
This is a British Band, people, from way back !! Bluey is the bandleader since 1979 after he quit being a forklift driver. Amazing Band. The predecessor to this band was called 'Light of the World' . Brithish Jazz Funk genre at the time.
thomaszigan
According to the bio above, there appears to be a mix up between the original Incognito from the UK lead by Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and some other band from Detroit.
1 of the best band ever, some remakes not as good as originals, have they perform or nominated at grammys, live and love to see
Love this group! Fav album is Tales From the Beach:

http://www.a l l m u s i c . c o m / a r t i s t / i n c o g n i t o - m n 0 0 0 0 7 7 2 7 2 1
Fix the bio, you idiots
CHANGE THE BIO!!! DAYUM!!!
Maysa is incredible. She doesn't get the credit she deserves
FIX THE BIO PLEASE. INCOGNITO DATES BACK TO 1990 OUT OF LONDON
Somebody fix the bio PLEASE!! It is wrong and misleading. Incognito, the London based acid jazz/funk band is my all time favorite band next to Earth Wind and Fire.
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