Sunday, April 14, 2013

Incognito (band)

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Incognito in Bangkok on 2005. Imaani on front singing!
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresAcid jazzjazz funksoul jazz,soulnu jazzpop
Years active1979–present
LabelsP-VineDômeEdelShanachie,Heads Up Int', Handcuts, Pony CanyonNaradaUniversal,VerveTalkin' LoudMercury,Ensign
Associated actsLight of the WorldCount Basic
MembersJean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick
Matt Cooper: keyboards, musical director
Vanessa Haynes: vocals
Mo Brandis: vocals
Natalie Williams: vocals
Francis Hylton: bass
Francesco Mendolia: drums
João Caetano: Percussion
Sid Gauld: trumpet
Jamie Anderson: sax/flute
Trevor Mires: trombone
Maysa Leak: vocals
Tony Momrelle: vocals
Imaani: vocals
Past membersChris Botti
Jocelyn Brown
Joy Rose: vocals
Pete Ray Biggin
Carleen Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Graham Harvey: keyboards
Dominic 'Ski' Oakenfull: production/keyboards
Julian Crampton: bass
Richard Bailey: drums
Christopher Ballin
Marc Anthoni
Xavier Barnett
Bud Beadle
Kelli Sae
Karen Bernod
Max Beesley
Richard Bull: production/guitar
Simon Cotsworth: production/programming
Sarah Brown
Ray Carless
Patrick Clahar
Matt Coleman
Chris DeMargary
Thomas Dyani-Akuru
Gail Evans
Adrian Fry
Andy Gangadeen
Gavin Harrison
Peter Hinds
Randy Hope-Taylor
Ed Jones
Joy Malcolm
Linda Muriel
Quinton Caruthers
Kevin Robinson
Winston Rollins
Gary Sanctuary
Karl Vandenbossche
Fayyaz Virji
Tyrone Henry
Tony Remy
Andy Ross
Nichol Thomson
Paul Weller
Incognito is a British band,[1] as well as one of the members of the United Kingdom's acid jazz movement. Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981, with 14 more albums following, the last of which, Surreal, was released in 2012.
The band's frontmancomposerrecord producerguitarist and singer is Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick. Other notable band members include or have included the singers Jocelyn BrownMaysa LeakPamela AndersonTony MomrelleImaani, Vanessa Haynes, Mo Brandis, Natalie Williams,Carleen Anderson, Kelli Sae (of Count Basic) and Joy Malcom.




The band has had intermittent success in the UK Singles Chart, with their breakthrough 1990 hit a cover version of the Ronnie Laws tune "Always There", featuring Jocelyn Brown, which made #6 in the UK.[1] The group's 1992 single, "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" saw similar success, reaching #19 in the UK.[1] They have also been a favourite of various re-mixers, including Masters At WorkDavid MoralesRoger Sanchez and Jazzanova, and have released several albums consisting almost entirely of remixes.
In 1994, Incognito appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation albumStolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Timemagazine. In 1996, the band contributed "Water to Drink" to the AIDS-benefit album Red Hot + Rio, also produced by the Red Hot Organization.
Their song "Need to Know" is the theme song for liberal radio and television news program "Democracy Now!".



  1. a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 268. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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