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Tribes Vibes & Scribes
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Incognito's third album nods to the influences that ground their jazz-funk-and-soul jams. The 11-member band adds a Latin feel to a snazzy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," while "Magnetic Ocean" ha... more »
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Incognito's third album nods to the influences that ground their jazz-funk-and-soul jams. The 11-member band adds a Latin feel to a snazzy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," while "Magnetic Ocean" has a Weather Report-in-ballad-mode vibe. "Change" combines Maysa Leak's Chaka Khan-like power with sweeping Soul II Soul-ish strings, and "Need to Know" gives props to Roy Ayers (check the clavinet) and Rick James (horn section). The band is at its best showcasing Leak or featuring soloists, as on "Colibri" and the Mandrill-ish "Closer to the Feeling." Still, some attempts fall flat, like the syrupy "L'Arc en Ciel de Miles" that's more Chuck Mangione than Prince of Darkness. This one's for smooth-jazz aficionados; Brit-funk fans should check the band's later fare. --Suzanne McElfresh
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Janet P. (nycnomore) from SCHUYLER, VA
Reviewed on 4/21/2007...
the cd itself lists the names of all 11 cuts. vocals, trumpet, flugehorn, drums, bass, keyboards, saxophone, windsynth, trombone, plus guest violins, flutes, cello.
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Toshiyasu Morita | Redwood City, CA United States | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have three CDs by Incognito: Tribes, Vibes & Scribes, Positivity, and 100 Degrees and Rising, and this is my favorite of the three. For some reason, "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" is my absolute favorite track...it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. :)"
This album is the perfect R&B, Jazz, and vocal mix...get it!
Toshiyasu Morita | 07/31/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As I do with most new music, I tripped over this band's CD at a listening station at a local music store a few years back. I was surprised that they do not get decent U.S. airplay as R&B. I had heard "Colibri" on Contemporary Jazz playlists before, but this entire album is such a solid outing, you can just put it on and let it run straight through. This inspired me to look back in the Incognito collection, and to anticipate every release since. They cover Stevie's "Don't you Worry..." with energy and add a nice flavor via Maysa Leak's pipes. And what pipes they are. Yes, she does inspire thoughts of Chaka Khan, but please give this lady her own space. Ironically, the cover has her prominently displayed, standing front and center as though Incognito is her own Rufus. Bluey knows how to market an album cover! "Magnetic Ocean" gets my vote for funkiest cut....if this does not have your toes tapping then you need a toe check-up. "! Closer To The Feeling" even invokes a "War" type group chorus in combination with Tower of Power/E.W.F type horns. Enough references? I just want to show that this entire effort is a groove worth hearing. Enjoy."