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Issue 1095

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incognito: Indigo, O2, London 4/12/19

Incognito: Indigo at the O2, London 4/12/19 @bluesandsoul.com
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Surrounded by the warmth of his large musical family and an admiring, dancing audience there was much love in the room for Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and the other nine Incognito musicians and eight singers.

“Happy Birthday to us” Bluey chirped after the support sets of two young bands he is taking under his musical wing. “I want to take you right back to 1979”, beginning a mammoth 23-track, 2-hour set with “Parisienne Girl”. Then, right up to date with the classy instrumental “Say What’s On Your Mind” from the group’s recently released, excellent new album “Tomorrow’s New Dream”.

Two hours of vintage acid soul followed, spanning the band’s extensive catalogue, with vocalists and musicians taking the spotlight. Maysa Leak and her awesome soul power starred with numbers including “Smiling Faces” and an extended “Deep Waters” which saw her go seriously off-piste, with the crowd lapping up the impromptu reference to “I Will Always Love You” amongst other classic tracks.

Joy Rose took “1975” and “Spellbound & Speechless”, Vanessa Haynes “Still The One” and “Roots”, and Imaani “Now That I’ve Found You” and the barnstorming “Always There”.

Guest vocalist James Berkeley, from one of Bluey’s favourite current bands Yakul, fronted “Shine” and “After the Beat Has Gone”, Roberta Gentile “Absent in Spring”, Chris Ballin “Labour Of Love” and Tony Momrelle the Stevie Wonder cover “As”.

Finishing with a bunch of classic covers of “As”, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and “Nights Over Egypt” this was a night to remember.

Keeping a band this big together for 40 years is an amazing achievement. Here’s to the next stage in the development of this British soul institution.

PHOTOS: CHAZ BROOKS
Words CHAZ BROOKS

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