It's rather seldom that we can see
Incognito in Germany. I was lucky enough to attend their concert in
Cologne at 28th April. The venue was a small and smoky club
called "Kantine". I really appreciate that there are still
some promoters going the risk to loose some money. This time the venue
was packed out to capacity and the audience was full of expectations.
concert started at 8:30 PM with the support act D'Sound
from Norway. They are touring with Incognito for 5 concerts. D'Sound
is a prolific group. They have already released four albums "Spice
Of Life" (1996), "Beauty Is A Blessing" (1998), "Talkin'
Talk" (2001) and "Doublehearted" (2003). D'Sound are
female singer Simone, drummer Kim Ofstad and keyboardist Jonny Sjo. If
you appreciate groups like Incognito or Brand New Heavies you will dig
this group! No wonder that they are touring with both groups.
There was a great coincidence in
the audience that D'Sound showed a terrific performance with songs
like "Love Is On My Way", "Do I Need A Reason" or
"Sunshine". Those who are familiar with their music
will observe that the group is regrettably changing their sound from
acid jazz, soul jazz to r&b and pop. They are currently working on
their next album that shall be more disco sound. Not my wave.
Incognito started their Spring
2005 program with the song "Colibri" from the classic album
"Tribes, Vibes and Scribes" (1992). There was a rather low
limelight which made it really difficult to catch the scene by photo.
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunik, the genius of the project
Incognito, stood behind during the performance, playing his guitar
licks. He was recovered from his bad condition during his arrival in
Frankfurt two days before and even found the time to watch the show of
D'Sound dressed in a green parka.
Nichol Thomson - trombone
Andy Ross - sax
Dominic Glover - trumpet
Francis Hylton - bass
Tony Remy - guitar/vocoder
Bluey - guitar
Maysa Leak - vocals
Tony Momrelle - vocals
Imaani - vocals
Gail Evans - vocals
Matt Cooper - keyboards
Richard Bailey - drums
Tony Remy played his guitar
combined with a vocoder earning a rapturous applause.
"Don't Turn My Love
Away" from the album "Adventures In Black Sunshine"
(2004) was a tremendous follow-up. Further songs were "Fountain
Of Life" from the album "Beneath The Surface" (1996),
"Close My Eyes" ("Adventures In Black Sunshine"),
"Talkin' Loud" from "Positivity" (1993).
Bluey had noted on the play list for this tune: "matt sax solo
Unfortunately the sound in the
small venue was too loud and sharp. Several listeners gave signs to
Bluey who reacted by asking the audience if the sound would be too
loud. The audience answered with a resounding yes. Bluey started a sound check
with all musicians during the show.
It was a great
pleasure to see Maysa Leak joining this tour. "Deep Waters"
from "Positivity" is one of the songs making Maysa's
powerful vocals known worldwide. Maysa is probably one of the best
contemporary singers. When Maysa was performing at the North Sea Jazz
Festival Carl Griffin (N-Coded Music) was so impressed by her that he
signed her for his label.
Imaani known by the
album "Beneath The Surface"
showed a very vivid performance.
The great soul
singer Tony Momrelle from St. Lucia had birthday and got a great chocolate
cake as a present on this show. Some critics call him the new Stevie
Gail Evans from
played by the group were "Morning Sun" from the album
"Who Needs Love" (2003), Everything Your Heart Desires"
("Adventures In Black Sunshine"), "Who Needs
Love", "Pieces Of A Dream" ("Positivity"), "Listen
To The Music" and "This Thing Called Love"
("Adventures In Black Sunshine"), the Stevie-Wonder-cover
"Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" ("Tribes, Vibes and Scribes"),
"Everyday" from the album "100 And Rising" (1995)
and the Ronnie-Laws-cover "Always There" from the album
"Inside Life" (1991).
played a stunning drum solo. He is the oldest member of Incognito
besides the founder Bluey. He also played with Jeff Beck and the
Rolling Stones in earlier times as Bluey proudly mentioned.
Andy Ross, Nichol
Tony Remy, Tony Momrelle
During the concert
Bluey was talking about his Hope Collective Project. Hope
Collective Soul stars turn out for massive charity recording in
aid of the Tsunami disaster victims, organized by Bluey featuring:
Chaka Khan, Jocelyn Brown, Steve Winwood, Carleen Anderson, Maxi Jazz
(Faithless), Omar, Taka Boom, Maysa, Kingdom Choir, Don-E, Raghav, Amp
Fiddler, Sonique, L.C.G.C, Chris Ballin, Imaani, Lauraine Cato,
Lifford,Tony Momrelle, Tyrone Henry, Gail Evans, Charlise, Noel McKoy,
Patrick Clahar, Dominic Glover, Chris DeMargary, Nichol Thompson, Andy
Ross, Karl Vanden Bossche, Carlos Edwards, Miles Bould, Richard
Bailey, Graham Harvey, Julian Crampton, Ski, Tony Remy and many
more...... Bluey also assured that the money of this project will
directly go to the victims.
After a great
applause the audience got just one encore: "Still A Friend Of
After the show the
group was drinking champagne
and got some chocolate
cake served by Tony
while Bluey was
autographing Hope Collective CDs. Till next time, Bluey!