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Incognito -- Eleven

 

I have been a fan of Incognito for quite some time, and each of their releases continues to build upon the previous.  While Eleven is not their latest release (released in 2005), recently, I find myself marking this album as my favorite Incognito release to date.  As one of the premier "acid jazz" bands, Incognito continues to elevate their music.

 

According to their website, this album was inspired by their tour in support of the previous release, "Adventures in Black Sunshine."  Indeed, there are elements of his album which definitely have a "live" feel and features the touring band as the albums musicians.

 

I believe the entire album can be summed up with the second song on the album, "We Got Music." This song is a mix of old 70's funk/R&B with the current horn heavy sound of the current acid jazz movement. My only complaint with this song is it is not long enough!! (*smile*)

 

The truth strength of Incognito, I believe, is the production.  While some have in the past accused Incognito founder Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, of over production, I find the production crisp and clean, and at times, elegant.  There is an energy present and this album, like many of Incognito's albums, that is almost infectious and you can't help but to nod your head or pat your feet while listening.

 

Incognito also benefits from a revolving members who will appear on one album but perhaps not the next.  On this release, some of the vocalists which helped Incognito get on the map with there 1993 release "Positivity", are present here, with former Brand New Heavies vocalist Carleen Anderson, along with house music legend Jocelyn Brown, a recurring member of Incognito.  While I miss the vocals of Maysa Leak on this release, Anderson and Brown more than make up for it.

 

Other stand outs on this album include, Let The Mystery Be, Will I Ever Learn, It's Just One of Those Things, and the instrumental Jacaranda.  

 

In short, Incognito rarely disappoints, and this release (along with the follow-up, Bees + Things + Flowers) continues to uphold their high traditional of enjoyable and meaningful music.  My only wish is that American audiences were as familiar with them as European audiences, so Incognito would have more of a touring schedule here in the States.  But alas, one can dream, right?

 

I first came up with my list sometime in 1997 or so.  Since that time, I have listened to a lot of music, been exposed to new music (some "new" and some just new to me), and I realize that my tastes have changed a bit since I originally did this list.  I had been thinking about updating this list for some time, but just never got around to it.  Then I saw The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Definitive List of 200 albums, and well, I gagged a bit, because I found their list to be garbage.  Then I really decided to do my own list.  But instead of 25, this time I am doing my top 200 albums.  Now, I don't think these are the 200 "best" albums, but they are my favorites.  I do also think every album on this list is worth a listen at least once, some more than once.  And I bet I have forgotten a few here and there.

  1. Songs In The Key Of Life -- Stevie Wonder
  2. Sign O The Times -- Prince
  3. Innervisions -- Stevie Wonder
  4. What's Going On? -- Marvin Gaye
  5. Sounds...And Stuff Like That!!! -- Quincy Jones 
  6. The Flat Earth -- Thomas Dolby
  7. Peace Beyond Passion -- Me'shell Ndegeocello
  8. Exodus -- New Power Generation
  9. Breezin' -- George Benson
  10. No Time Like The Future -- Incognito
  11. Kamasutra -- NPG Orchestra
  12. Kamakiriad -- Donald Fagen
  13. A Love Supreme -- John Coltrane
  14. The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel -- Me'shell Ndegeocello
  15. To Live and Die in L.A. (soundtrack) -- Wang Chung
  16. So -- Peter Gabriel
  17. A Charlie Brown Christmas -- Vince Guaraldi Trio
  18. Caliente! -- Gato Barbieri
  19. Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 -- George Michael
  20. One Nation Under A Groove -- Funkadelic
  21. Offramp -- Pat Metheny Group
  22. Brother Sister -- Brand New Heavies
  23. The Black Album -- Prince
  24. Aja -- Steely Dan
  25. Body Heat -- Quincy Jones
  26. MCMXC a.D. -- Enigma
  27. My Favorite Things -- John Coltrane
  28. Letter From Home -- Pat Metheny Group
  29. Xpectation -- Prince
  30. Spellbound -- Joe Sample
  31. Love Jones: The Music -- Various Artists
  32. The Dude -- Quincy Jones
  33. The Nightfly -- Donald Fagen
  34. Zipless -- Vanessa Daou
  35. Compositions -- Anita Baker
  36. "When Harry Met Sally", Music From The Motion Picture -- Harry Connick, Jr.
  37. Here, My Dear -- Marvin Gaye
  38. Bitter -- Me'shell Ndegeocello
  39. Fourplay -- Fourplay
  40. Still Life Talking -- Pat Metheny Group
  41. Mothership Connection -- Parliament
  42. First Meditations -- John Coltrane
  43. Genesis -- Genesis
  44. It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back -- Public Enemy
  45. The Joshua Tree -- U2
  46. 1999 -- Prince
  47. Hotter Than July -- Stevie Wonder
  48. Gaucho -- Steely Dan
  49. The Wall -- Pink Floyd
  50. I Want You -- Marvin Gaye
  51. Time and Tide -- Basia
  52. Look To The Rainbow -- Al Jarreau
  53. Synchronicity -- The Police
  54. Seal (1995) -- Seal
  55. Slowhand -- Eric Clapton
  56. Let's Get It On -- Marvin Gaye
  57. The Gold Experience -- Prince
  58. Seeds of Love -- Tears For Fears
  59. Walking Wounded -- Everything But The Girl
  60. What Time Is It? -- The Time
  61. The Dream of the Blue Turtles -- Sting
  62. All N All -- Earth, Wind & Fire
  63. Talking Book -- Stevie Wonder
  64. Kind of Blue -- Miles Davis
  65. Stronger Than Pride -- Sade
  66. Music from the Motion Picture "Sharky's Machine" -- Various Artists
  67. Dianne Reeves -- Dianne Reeves
  68. Postivity -- Incognito
  69. Chocolate City -- Parliament
  70. Get Lifted -- John Legend
  71. Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite -- Maxwell
  72. A Chorus Line -- Original Cast Recording
  73. Welcome to the Pleasuredome -- Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  74. All Day Music -- War
  75. Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux -- Miles Davis & Quincy Jones
  76. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars -- David Bowie
  77. The Symbol Album -- Prince
  78. Sweetback -- Sweetback
  79. Seal (1991) -- Seal
  80. Fulfillingness' First Finale -- Stevie Wonder
  81. Emancipation -- Prince
  82. ...Nothing Like The Sun -- Sting
  83. Tapestry -- Carole King
  84. Are You Experienced? -- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  85. Winelight -- Grover Washington, Jr.
  86. Songs From The Big Chair -- Tears For Fears
  87. The Family -- The Family
  88. Rumors -- Fleetwood Mac
  89. Questionnaire -- Chas Jankel
  90. Minute By Minute -- The Doobie Brothers
  91. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You -- Aretha Franklin
  92. Dirty Mind -- Prince
  93. Risky Business  (soundtrack) -- Various Artists
  94. Rahsaan Patterson -- Rahsaan Patterson
  95. Tenderness -- Al Jarreau
  96. Touchdown -- Bob James
  97. Traveling Without Moving -- Jamiroquai
  98. All About The Funk -- Brand New Heavies
  99. The Night I Fell In Love -- Luther Vandross
  100. I Just Can't Stop It -- The English Beat
  101. Off The Wall -- Michael Jackson
  102. Love Deluxe -- Sade
  103. Crystal Ball -- Prince
  104. Once Upon A Time -- Simple Minds
  105. The Time -- The Time
  106. London Warsaw New York -- Basia
  107. Double Vision -- Bob James and David Sandborn
  108. Light Up The Night -- The Brothers Johnson
  109. Q's Jook Joint -- Quincy Jones
  110. Fruit At The Bottom -- Wendy & Lisa
  111. Brasil -- Manhattan Transfer
  112. It Must Be Magic -- Teena Marie
  113. Ten Summoners Tales -- Sting
  114. So Much 2 Say -- Take 6
  115. Magic Lady -- Lonnie Liston Smith
  116. Adventures in Paradise -- Minnie Riperton
  117. Tonight -- David Bowie
  118. Spirit -- Earth, Wind & Fire
  119. The Low End Theory -- A Tribe Called Quest
  120. Message In Our Music -- The O'Jays
  121. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band -- The Beatles
  122. The Glow of Love -- Change
  123. Fear of a Black Planet -- Public Enemy
  124. Tower of Power -- Tower of Power
  125. Tidal -- Fiona Apple
  126. Fame (soundtrack) -- Various Artists
  127. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits -- The Doobie Brothers
  128. It's Better To Travel -- Swing Out Sister
  129. Chicago Transit Authority -- Chicago Transit Authority
  130. Midnight Marauders -- A Tribe Called Quest
  131. Strange Kind of Love -- Love and Money
  132. Prince Charming -- Adam and the Ants
  133. License to Ill -- The Beastie Boys
  134. On The Radio -- Donna Summer
  135. Vocalese -- Manhattan Transfer
  136. Ready To Die -- Notorious B.I.G.
  137. Whiplash Smile -- Billy Idol
  138. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane -- Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
  139. Temperamental -- Everything But The Girl
  140. Let's Dance -- David Bowie
  141. Come -- Prince
  142. Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown! -- Various Artists
  143. Lucy Pearl -- Lucy Pearl
  144. The Bridge -- Billy Joel
  145. By All Means Necessary -- Boogie Down Productions
  146. The Return of the Space Cowboy -- Jamiroquai
  147. The Heat Is On -- The Isley Brothers
  148. Christopher Cross -- Christopher Cross
  149. Hello! I Must Be Going -- Phil Collins
  150. janet -- Janet Jackson
  151. Running In The Family -- Level 42
  152. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway -- Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  153. Everybody Got Their Something -- Nikka Costa
  154. Pizzazz -- Patrice Rushen
  155. One Night In Birdland -- Charlie Parker
  156. Upstairs At Eric's -- Yazoo
  157. Boys and Girls -- Bryan Ferry
  158. Piano Man -- Billy Joel
  159. Sho Is Funky Down Here -- James Brown
  160. Paul's Boutique -- The Beastie Boys
  161. Rhythm of Love -- Anita Baker
  162. Sylvester -- Sylvester
  163. The Motor Booty Affair -- Parliament
  164. Nature of a Sista -- Queen Latifah
  165. The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale -- Prince
  166. Donny Hathaway -- Donny Hathaway
  167. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) -- David Bowie
  168. The Downward Spiral -- Nine Inch Nails
  169. Reggatta de Blanc -- The Police
  170. Avalon -- Roxy Music
  171. New Moon Daughter -- Cassandra Wilson
  172. Pearl -- Janis Joplin
  173. All Hail The Queen -- Queen Latifah
  174. Avenue Q (soundtrack) -- Original Cast Recording
  175. Some Girls -- The Rolling Stones
  176. My Life -- Mary J Blige
  177. Raw Like Sushi -- Neneh Cherry
  178. Very Necessary -- Salt-N-Pepa
  179. Like Water For Chocolate -- Common
  180. I'm Still In Love With You -- Al Green
  181. Busy Body -- Luther Vandross
  182. Natty Dred -- Bob Marley
  183. A Fantasy Love Affair -- Peter Brown
  184. The Doors -- The Doors
  185. N.E.W.S. -- Prince
  186. Paid In Full -- Eric B. and Rakim
  187. Electric Ladyland -- Jimi Hendrix Experience
  188. Keep On Movin' -- Soul II Soul
  189. Heaven 17 -- Heaven 17
  190. Sleeping Gypsy -- Michael Franks
  191. Young, Gifted and Black -- Aretha Franklin
  192. Blood Sugar Sex Magik -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
  193. Combat Rock -- The Clash
  194. Learning To Crawl -- The Pretenders
  195. 3 Feet High and Rising -- De La Soul
  196. Revolver -- The Beatles
  197. The Way I Feel -- Remy Shand
  198. Sergio Mendes -- Sergio Mendes
  199. Erotica -- Madonna
  200. Substance -- Joy Division

Previous "Grooves"

Songs In The Key Of Life -- Stevie Wonder

Xpectation -- Prince

Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape -- MeShell NdgeOcello

Everybody Got Their Something -- Nikka Costa

Music From The Motion Picture "To Live And Die in L.A." -- Wang Chung

Songs In The Key Of Life -- Stevie Wonder

Innervisions -- Stevie Wonder

Emancipation -- Prince

Love Jones Soundtrack -- Various Artists

Seal (1991) -- Seal

Seal (1995) -- Seal

Exodus -- New Power Generation

Light Up The Night -- The Brothers Johnson

Dance Your Ass Off: The Original Salsoul Classics -- The Salsoul Orchestra

Love Jones: The Music -- Various Artists

N'Dea Davenport -- N'Dea Davenport

Zipless -- Vanessa Daou

Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings -- The Police

Let's Get It On -- Marvin Gaye

Live At Montreux -- Miles Davis and Quincy Jones

Brother Sister -- The Brand New Heavies

What Time Is It? -- The Time

Here, My Dear -- Marvin Gaye

The Best of... --  Minnie Riperton

Ten Summoners Tales -- Sting

Rare Grooves, Remixes and Excursions -- Brand New Heavies

No Time Like The Future -- Incognito

Lucy Pearl -- Lucy Pearl

Donald Fagen  -- Kamakiriad

The Vault - Old Friends 4 Sale  -- Prince

All About The Funk -- The Brand New Heavies

The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel -- MeShell NdgeOcello

Once Again -- John Legend

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