– Live at the Jazz Café
Camden Town London 31/01/2014
As most of you who follow this site
on a regular basis will know, I always look out for concerts
whenever travelling and this was to be no exception.
When checking the latest listing for
music in London during the last week of January, I noticed
Incongnito was going
to playing at the famous Jazz Café, in Camden Town.
Arriving at the venue I knew I was in
for a treat. Firstly I was around 5 or 6th person
in line and as we went into the club the equipment was already
setup, allowing a close up look at all the bands gear.
Secondly the venue is not too large
with a total capacity of around four-hundred patrons, some
of which are located in the dining areas in the upper floors.
Getting back to the gear, the first
thing that I wanted to look at was the iconic electric blue
bass seen on their recent live performances and videos. I
did notice when in use later that it was fitted with a hipshot
tuner presumable for drop-D tuning.
A bit of later research shows the Jazz bass style instrument
is made be a Atelier Z Guitarworks of Japan.
the band leader and founder was using his usual Atelier Z
telecaster style guitar with minimal pedals and a wah-wah,
through a Roland JC120, an amp well known for its clean sounds
and lush built in chorus effect.
On the keyboard front I spotted a Korg
Triton (Synths Leads) , Nord (Electric Piano), Roland JP8000
(Effects), and a Roland master keyboard (RD Series) for piano
I also noticed that the brass players
were from the school of thought that doesn’t allow anyone
to polish their instruments!
I have a friend who is a Sax player
and he swears the tarnishing affects the tone in a way that
it makes the instrument sound mellower and smoother.
About an hour later with a packed and
buzzing club and after been entertained by a great DJ, the
show started, to a thunderous applause by the audience.
The core band members stared off with
a funky riff, and then the four vocalists and Bluey himself walked down the stairs to the stage where they
kicked off to “Love Has Come Around” followed by one
of my favourites “Ain’t
For anyone but especially a musician
like myself, this band is an treat.
Incredible levels of musicianship, a superb
tight feel, great songs with strong vocals, great hooks and
mind blowing solos.
Incognito then went through their
set list as shown below for me standout songs were “Still
a Friend of Mine” the band swap where all the members
played different instruments and “Parisian Girl” their
Also the atmosphere at the venue was
great with everyone visibly having a good time and moving
along to the beat and even chatting between the songs about
the performer’s talent and great vibe in the room.
made many comments throughout the show, and I think the most
important to note is that this year is the band 35th
anniversary and a celebratory show is planned with special
A music lover’s dream concert.
By Ernest H Slade
Love Has Come Around
It’s Just One Of Those Things
Above The Night
I Hear Your
Giving It Up
Labour Of Love
10. Still A Friend Of Mine
11. Bluey’s Rap (Band Swap)
12. Parisian Girl (Sax Solo)
13. Drum & Percussion Solo
14. Brazilian Love Affair
15. Close My Eyes
16. Always There
17. Nights Over Egypt
As (Tribute To Stevie Wonder)