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Old 04-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Incognito 2013 US Tour

I got to shoot part of the 2013 US tour of my fav UK Jazz Funk band, Incognito. 2 nights in the DMV area. Worked the hell out of my D90 and 50mm lens.


DC show
















Half way through the set, the musicians switched instruments.
Vocalist on percussion


Drummer playing Bass





Annapolis show











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Old 04-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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Backstage

Matt Cooper, pianist. He performed with Whitney Houston the last time she toured the UK.









Tony Momrelle is also a member of R&B/Jazz group Sade



Bass Player, Francis Hylton, was showing me some stretching exercises backstage for my wrist.


Maysa, one the most underrated vocalist



This is what you do when you've been playing two sets a night #redbull

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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Photo 5 that guy is totally smiling at you! Nice shots overall.
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yeah we were all messing around backstage. Tony had just photo bomb me. The other guy João Caetano is the youngest in the group. He's 23yrs old from Portugal by the way of China.
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Great band!

Great Pics!
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Thanks ! I've been a fan of Incognito since hearing their second LP on the radio, back in 1993. I've taken photos of them before and one of lead vocalist my work appears on her LP (Maysa Live at the Birchmere), but this tour I had free reign. Oh and a better camera to shoot with. When I was in London with them a few years ago, I had my little point and shoot camera. Every thing is surreal especially when I think about who these cats in Incognito have played with or recorded with. (Sade, Level 42, Simply Red, Bruce Springsteen, C&C Music Factory ..) The founder of the band, Bluey, has produced a lot of recordings...Musicians like Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Maxi Priest, etc. It was great to talk with him about new projects, life, and music. #greattimes



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I found them in 93 as well. Haven't listened to them in some time. I lost my CD collection in a fire in 2003 and some of my favorite less notable, but great music was lost. Because i don't keep track of band names and albums etc... much of it has not been replaced with a digital version...yet! Thanks for the reminder!!
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Oh man sorry about loosing your collection. I would cry big time if I lost mine. Some of my stuff is from 70s which I have autographed. Saying that I'm a huge fan of Incognito is an understatement. I have all their LPs, and several of their lead singers LPs entire collection too.

I can't think of any music group that I follow who's music mirrors my music collection (taste). They play jazz, funk, latin, dance, and r&B. All of which I love. And they do it well. What I like most about Incognito is how they fuse the instruments together (voicing), and making the sound more fuller with adding in effects, and just how they record is smh #sick.

I have to have the cd (not mp3)... You can really hear the quality in the mix. Incognito actually records to real to real and then transfers it to digital, which gives it a more live feel. One of my buddies has some killer house speakers by Aerial Acoustics hooked up to an amp and Sony receiver... OMG the sound is incredible. You hear everything laid out in the mix. When their music comes across my car speakers, people think I have some high quality system in my car. I just love it!


I forgot I recorded this too.

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I'm so excited ! Maysa, one of the lead singer, received her 1st Grammy Nomination ! She purchased a set of photos for her Live cd from me.

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

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Oh man sorry about loosing your collection. I would cry big time if I lost mine. Some of my stuff is from 70s which I have autographed. Saying that I'm a huge fan of Incognito is an understatement. I have all their LPs, and several of their lead singers LPs entire collection too.

I can't think of any music group that I follow who's music mirrors my music collection (taste). They play jazz, funk, latin, dance, and r&B. All of which I love. And they do it well. What I like most about Incognito is how they fuse the instruments together (voicing), and making the sound more fuller with adding in effects, and just how they record is smh #sick.

I have to have the cd (not mp3)... You can really hear the quality in the mix. Incognito actually records to real to real and then transfers it to digital, which gives it a more live feel. One of my buddies has some killer house speakers by Aerial Acoustics hooked up to an amp and Sony receiver... OMG the sound is incredible. You hear everything laid out in the mix. When their music comes across my car speakers, people think I have some high quality system in my car. I just love it!


I forgot I recorded this too.

Yes! when i found them i was big into the car stereo scene and their music was awesome because of the awesome sound quality. Never knew why, but i knew it sounded way better than most other music.

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I'm so excited ! Maysa, one of the lead singer, received her 1st Grammy Nomination ! She purchased a set of photos for her Live cd from me.

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

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That's awesome, on both levels!!
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When I went to their 25th Anniversary concert in London I got a chance to hangout with them. They made sure I was taken care of and that I got around safely. Each night I got to eat and hang with the band. I even got a look at their studio. These guys are incredible. The list of musicians that they play with outside of Incognito is f'in unbelievable.

What I learned back when I started listening to them is that they record to analog tape then convert it to digital. Its said, also, that UK engineers know how to mix. It helps too that the band arrangements create a fat sound. I was listening to their current cd, Surreal, and I noticed how the horns section doubles as keyboard. The horns are actually playing behind the lead vocalist. You can heard chords playing as if it was meant to be played on a piano. (music technique). The music doesn't crowd the space. Everything is evenly mixed. Listening to them in my car with stock speakers, you truly hear all 10 speakers. When I turn the volume up, you don't even lose the quality. I can only imagine if I were to add a subwoofer. I do listen to them in my mom's Jeep Cherokee. Super Nice!

I'm one of Maysa's live photographers slash fans. lol Its an honor that these musicians allow you to go backstage with them and capture stuff most fans don't get to see.
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^^ That's awesome!

So you're telling me that if i buy their stuff on iTunes that it won't be the same quality as a CD?
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MP3s are compressed. Both are fine. Its just that you can hear more of the mix if you listen to the cd. That's a given with any quality mixed cd. In my car, I flipped back and for between my iPod vs the actual CD. What I heard was more midrange and highs. The bottom was spaced out more on the cd. But idk if you can hear it. I'm a musician and I can hear the just subtle of noises in a room.
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i'm not a musician, but at one point in my life i'd rip apart my car and rework it to get better quality sound. I suppose those days are gone and i'm just gonna give the MP3s a try.

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I saw this today in the Washington post. They used my photo for Maysa's article in the Washington Post.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...o-the-grammys/


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R&B singer and Baltimore native Maysa Leak was celebrating her son Jazz’s 14th birthday when she finally got the call that would validate a career spanning 22 years and 10 albums.
“I just lost it,” Leak recalled. “I screamed at the top of my lungs, then could barely talk.”
On the other line was Wendi Cherry, executive director of the Recording Academy’s D.C. chapter. Leak’s song “Quiet Fire” had been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Traditional R&B Performance” category. Her first Grammy nod.
“I wish everyone in their career could experience how it feels to be recognized for your work,” Leaks said on Thursday, as she was on her way to pick up a custom gown from Baltimore-based designers Hyman and Hyman for Sunday night’s awards show.
No stranger to Hollywood, Leak, known to her fans as simply Maysa, moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s to sing backup for Stevie Wonder. She’s come a long way since. At a 2012 fundraising event Leak performed a song Wonder wrote for the Obamas called “Have Sweet Dreams” — and in front of the first lady herself. She wasn’t nervous then but admits to harboring butterflies now. She doesn’t have a speech prepared, although a Baltimore shout-out seems likely.
“If I win I would share this with all the underground kids who keep pushing along in our careers. This is for all of us.”



Maysa @ Birchmere by mo'funk, on Flickr
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