Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Incognito with Maysa

Saturday at 10pm, the next highlight awaited us with the show by the British band Incognito with guest Maysa, the show was sold out. They kicked off the concert with a funky instrumental, featuring the horn section (sax, trumpet, trombone), before the three singers (two female, one male) entered the stage, to do the funky "Roots (Back To A Way Of Life)" that featured Vanessa Hayes on vocals. In between songs, leader Bluey Maunick told short stories and gave insights into his roots and his vision of the band. Mo Brandis was the featured singer on Stevie Wonder's "As". While a technical problem with the keyboards was solved, we were treated with an acapella version of "What's Going On" that had the audience sing along, followed by a great drums/percussion solo. The show continued with Natalie Williams singing the next song, before Maysa entered the stage to sing "Step Into My Life", followed by "Change", one of the early songs she did with the band. After a groovy instrumental complete with scatting by Maysa and some great horn work, they played four songs from the brand new CD Surreal, which were oozing style and class, before Maysa did her signature Incognito song "Still A Friend Of Mine". After that, they played their rendition of "Espresso Madureira" by Banda Black Rio, a great funky instrumental. Later they did "Everyday" that featured the great voice of Vanessa Hayes, plus one more song to finish the concert. But the audience didn't want to let the band go, so they returned with acapella versions of "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "Always There" and "Nights In Egypt", before they allowed Maysa to deliver "Deep Waters", bringing a very satisfying concert to an end.