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Incognito: Live at Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta

4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Irresistible, driving groove and large amounts of emotion - this is the formula of the British band Incognito, who captivate audiences all over the world. Just how the band has perfected its live performance around Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick, the Mauritius-born singer and sound pioneer, was demonstrated by this magnificent performance. Recorded live at the Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta 2008, the audience was immediately drawn into the non-stop stream of ideas and sophisticated variations, the interplay of sounds from such a variety of instruments and the vivid flow of the rhythm. Poignant soul ballads follow funky dynamic numbers and gospel ecstasy shifts into a relaxed party atmosphere. The artists gave their all for the versatile sound of the group. In return, they take it in turns to shine when performing their solos - from the vocalists to the horns, from the bass player to the drums. This music embodies the very best of jazz and soul. And, as if it's not enough that Bluey and his band members never cease to amaze us with new musical interpretations, on top of that, they are inspirational with their sheer physical energy and the dazzling show of fascinating role-plays. Bonus features include: Slide-Show

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Product Details

  • Actors: Incognito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Inakustik
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TIQUKG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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As it is with other artists who have blessed us with their talent for decades
--Al Jarreau and Stevie Wonder come to mind -- there will always be
flailing of arms, gnashing of teeth, and great cries of anguish concerning
Incognito's song selections. When the GE holographic discs
arrive containing every song ever recorded, that complaint will be valid, I guess.
But these selections on this two hour performance are STELLAR. The
passion is there. The love is there. The musicianship? Slam dunk. It is as good
as a live performance gets.
If you know these songs, you'll see what I'm saying is true. If you don't know
the songs, take heart in the fact that Bluey (et al) produced the DVD true to
the original studio performances.
I've been struggling with how to characterize this band for many years for
people who do not know it. Pop? Yes. Soul? Uh-huh. Jazz? Yup.
Funk? Decidedly. Acid Jazz? Probably, but no one knows that term.
The only reasonable direct comparison is with super groups of the 1970's
like Earth, Wind, & Fire, Sly & Family Stone, and/or Parliament-Funkadelic,
yet updated to the 21st century. Several places Mr. Hylton is popping and
thumping a-la Larry Graham. The horns have the precise stabbing bite of
EW&F's, or "on the one" tightness of the JB Horns (James Brown) yet
retain the sweet melody of Chicago's brass. Richard Bailey is all over the drums;
I thought they'd employed a percussion man as well -- but NO! Bluey is
fingering away on the E-drum machine in addition to having fun on his new Strat.
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If you are a true Incognito Fan, had a dream of being a fan, know someone who is a fan, or in my case, heard their music played one day on the Comcast all music station and was immediately hooked...started buying everything by them his budget would allow and then some; this is the DVD that ties them all together. From a musician's standpoint, these guys (and girls) are great. From viewing it, I would say that in a recording environment, anyone on the stage could hold their own at their own venue. It's a close call as to who has the baddest horn section when I think of my two favorite bands being Earth,Wind & Fire and the Mighty Chicago, but from the start of the show until the end, Incognito's Horn Section, kicks it out. Case in point, my 14 year old even watched it on her own and came back with that question on the horn section. My compliments to Bluey, who stay's to the side and does what he does "play" and allows his singers to showcase what they do. In wrapping this up, Bluey proves that music is truly a universal language. The proof is when he introduces the Incognito Band. He calls them the United Nations of Musicians. They are from all parts of the globe. On that stage they are One Nation. This DVD is the one that ties your CD collection together and a must have for your overall Incognito collection.
Bobby D / Drummer Elkton MD
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This DVD is a must have for Incognito fans and the icing on the cake is Maysa is on it. Loved every miniute of it
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THE COGS SOUNDS JUST LIKE THE ALBUM! I WENT TOO SEE THEM IN CONCERT AND BEEN A FAN SINCE! ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUPS!! BLUEY KEEPS WONDERFUL AND TALENTED SINGS THE GUY IS A MUSICAL GENIUS!! IF YOU ARE A FAN A MUST BUY IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN A MUST BUY!
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I only listen to Incognito when I'm home alone with the DVD or CD playing thru my stereo system at an appreciable volume :-). The louder, the better! Absolutely love this group!
R.T. in Southern Cali.
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This DVD is excellent.

The only thing better would be if I had seen them perform live.

Incognito is my favorite group and Ive been listening to them ever since their CD Vibes, Tribes and Scribes. Definitely worth the money.
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very very enjoyable to watch. excellent production although would be nice if the bluray was available, nevertherless nice collectors item
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Can't go wrong with this talented group of individuals. Where are the new upcoming bands? New groups today lack this.
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