Throwback Thursday: Incognito @ SOBs – May 19 & 20, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein shares his memories from Incognito’s US debut show in 1993. A throwback can’t be complete without our community, though; chime in at the comments and share your experiences from the night or just tell us about your favorite Incognito memory!

Incognito were a band that was part of the English funk movement of the 1980s alongside bands like Freez and Light of the World. By this time in 1993, Bluey, the leader of Incognito, had garnered a large following in the UK, Europe, and Japan.

In the early 90s the band was signed to Talking Loud, a label on Polygram that Gilles Peterson was then running. Their album at the time of this show was Tribes, Vibes, & Scribes and was released through Verve Forecast in the United States.

Washington DC based Maysa Leak was the vocalist and brought a very smooth R&B sound to Incognito. This sound really helped them gain quite a bit of popularity in the United States, seeing as it was very compatible with the adult urban format on the radio.

For this show, we brought the band out as part of a tour for their US debut. We did two sold out nights at SOBs with two shows a night. Incognito is a funky, tight band. As far as the crowd, you had your jazz-funkers, which is what I call myself, and then you had your adult urban crowd who were a bit older and knew Incognito from the radio. It was a nice mix of folks; some getting down and dancing, others mellowing out and taking in the music. It was just a great show, very fond memories.

And I have to say: Bluey was and still is one of the sweetest guys in the music business. He always stayed very pure and true to the music; Incognito is still going!

Robert Glasper Experiment to Release ‘Black Radio 2′ on October 29

 

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After receiving much fanfare on their Black Radio album, the Robert Glasper Experiment is now poised to release what promises to be yet another remarkable project. Black Radio 2 drops on October 29 and we couldn’t be more excited!

Download The Official Robert Glasper Experiment App from iTunes to get the latest scoop on the album, watch exclusive videos, and more. Also peep the track listing below, which boasts another stellar lineup of guests, including Common, Dwele, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, and Lalah Hathaway, amongst several others.

Tracklisting

1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone ft. Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing ft. Brandy
4. Calls featuring Jill Scott
5. No Worries ft. Dwele
6. Trust ft. Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find ft. Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me ft. Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride ft. Norah Jones
10. Persevere ft. Snoop Dogg and Lupe Fiasco
11. Somebody Else ft. Emeli Sandé
12. Jesus Children of America ft. Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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