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Exfoliate

by Steve Thomas & Real Incognito

Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO do groovitational, not-jazz, pan-global rawk 'n' roll. An electric 21st-century jump band combining unusual original songs with high-energy performance. Backbeats for the aural adventurer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sick of Biology
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3:45 $0.99
2. Exfoliate
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6:20 $0.99
3. Desiccant
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5:04 $0.99
4. The Lines of My Hand
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6:44 $0.99
5. King Pleasure
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4:36 $0.99
6. Paul Motian
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6:03 $0.99
7. Anhedonia
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4:09 $0.99
8. Teeth
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4:25 $0.99
9. At the Estuary
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4:48 $0.99
10. Sloth
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3:47 $0.99
11. $250
Steve Thomas & Real Incognito
4:55 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Steve Thomas . . . writes innovative, eclectic jazz pieces that embrace witty wordplay and world music influences, and he scats great, too." — pianist/producer Mark Shilansky

Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO are recovering jazzbos who've mutated into a rock band despite our best intentions, all in the service of Steve's genre-bending compositions. Drummer Mike describes us as "a fancy indie rock band with jazzy and R&B touches." Close enough. Some addictions: Balkan and Moroccan music, '60s' soul, vintage reggae and ska, Wayne Shorter, Paul Motian.

Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO:
Steve Thomas (vocals, songs, arrangements)
John Funkhouser (electric keys, backing vocals)
Greg Loughman (electric bass, backing vocals)
Mike Connors (drums, percussion, glockenspiel)
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Karen Welling (second vocal, track 7)

EXFOLIATE:
I was watching a former supermodel on a late-night infomercial extolling the virtues of exfoliation — it renews your skin, keeps you looking youthful. And I thought, maybe she’s on to something, only transported to a more existential plane. All that free-floating debris of the universe does settle on us as the years go by, slowing us down, making us slaves to gravity and routine. How to turn back these forces of inertia? Exfoliate! Slough off that old skin — and begin again. — Steve Thomas

1. Sick of Biology 3:48
2. Exfoliate 6:20
3. Desiccant 5:04
4. The Lines of My Hand (for Robert Frank) 6:45
5. King Pleasure 4:37
6. Paul Motian 6:03
7. Anhedonia 4:09
8. Teeth 4:26
9. At the Estuary 4:48
10. Sloth 3:48
11. $250 (for G.F. Randel) 4:53

THANKS TO: John, Mike, and Greg, great musicians and bandmates; Warren Amerman, engineer/savant; Karen Welling, human Swiss army knife; Mark Shilansky, Yoda; David Vermette, original Incognito; Jesse Stern, commuting; Mike, for “fictive traditional music”; John, tactical advice; Robert Goss, #1 fan

Produced by Steve Thomas, with Warren Amerman and the Incognitos
Recorded August 8 and September 28, 2014, at Rotary Records, West Springfield, MA
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Warren Amerman at Rotary Records

Dedicated to Frank Newcomb and Ron Hurston, jazz pals

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Robert Goss

Stories and more
I have been following the music of Steve Thomas since he first began performing/recording. This album,"exfoliate" is clearly my favorite and his best. Although recorded in the studio,the music captures the energy/fun of his live shows. Steve tells "musical stories" as opposed the the often banal content of much jazz/pop vocals. You feel as if he were talking directly to you. The content /story in these songs vary from the personal issues of family and friends..(cancer, brain injury,) as in Sick of Biology or Anhedonia…to the humorous observations of life…"Sloth", "Teeth"..
And…the band : John, Greg and Mike are all excellent ,talented musicians. They are not your typical back up band.
The 4 musicians work as a collaborative team.. They "check their egos at the door",which is not typical and often difficult for creative artists to do. Steve's use of wordless vocals is very personal and very emotional and once again fun. You feel that Steve,John,Greg and Mike are having fun doing this, as opposed to simply doing their jobs.
Steve Thomas stands out among many vocalists in contemporary music..He incorporates all his musical and life
influences and shares them with his audience. This is very brave and emotional. Great stuff. Listen and enjoy..Thanks
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Max McConkey

This One Delivers a Refreshingly Fun Shave
Not only is “Exfoliate” a breakthrough of sorts for the persistently brilliant, frustratingly obscure composer/singer Steve Thomas and his enormously talented band, Real Incognito, but it may represent something of a leap forward for contemporary, progressive music.

If you ask on first listen, “Is this jazz, rock-n-roll, world music, neo-classical or some tuneful story-telling hybrid,” welcome to this group’s small but growing audience of admirers. The answer of course is both none and all of the above; you have unexpectedly stumbled upon central paradoxes in Thomas’ music.

Heretofore, as intellectually interesting as that encounter may have been, some of the fusion, itself, had an astral quality –if not entirely impenetrable, at least melodically detached. No more. “Exfoliate” makes a thoroughly clean shave of the inexplicable. The Thomas-Incognito skin is cleansed, desquamated, and right up close. Splash on the Aqua Velva, baby.

By far the most approachable of the Thomas-Real Incognito recordings, this one genuinely swings, as Ellington once said all good music should. The rhythms are infectious. The lyrics are personal narratives publicly shared; they are as welcoming as freshly baked pie cooling on the kitchen window sill.

Thomas’s music has always danced on and around that fine edge between dynamic, risky improvisation and tight but overly precious orchestration. The balance reached on these recordings is remarkable: open and breezy while coherent and unitary. Just when the lazily drifting kite seems lost in a cloud, Real Incognito pulls it safely to ground.

One may hear echoes of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Mingus, Mose Allison, Chick Corea, Shelia Jordan, Gil Evans, Gunther Schuller, Maria Schneider. So, too, The Band (give the opening bars of “Teeth” a try), Stevie Wonder, and the early, mystic Van Morrison. Thomas’ best work has always demonstrated that genre bending must radiate both dynamic new growth and deep roots.

This new CD, additionally, has sprouted some simply gorgeous flowers. Enjoy. It could change the way you experience music.
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Max McConkey

A Clean, Breakthrough Shave
Not only is “Exfoliate” a breakthrough of sorts for the persistently brilliant, frustratingly obscure composer/singer Steve Thomas and his enormously talented band, Real Incognito, but it may represent something of a leap forward for contemporary, progressive music.

If you ask on first listen, “Is this jazz, rock-n-roll, world music, neo-classical or some tuneful story-telling hybrid,” welcome to this group’s small but growing audience of admirers. The answer of course is both none and all of the above; you have unexpectedly stumbled upon central paradoxes in Thomas’ music.

Heretofore, as intellectually interesting as that encounter may have been, some of the fusion, itself, had an astral quality –if not entirely impenetrable, at least melodically detached. No more. “Exfoliate” makes a thoroughly clean shave of the inexplicable. The Thomas-Incognito skin is cleansed, desquamated, and right up close. Splash on the Aqua Velva, baby.

By far the most approachable of the Thomas-Real Incognito recordings, this one genuinely swings, as Ellington once said all good music should. The rhythms are infectious. The lyrics are personal narratives publicly shared; they are as welcoming as freshly baked pie cooling on the kitchen window sill.

Thomas’s music has always danced on and around that fine edge between dynamic, risky improvisation and tight but overly precious orchestration. The balance reached on these recordings is remarkable: open and breezy while coherent and unitary. Just when the lazily drifting kite seems lost in a cloud, Real Incognito pulls it safely to ground.

One may hear echoes of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Mingus, Mose Allison, Chick Corea, Shelia Jordan, Gil Evans, Gunther Schuller, Maria Schneider. So, too, The Band (give the opening bars of “Teeth” a try), Stevie Wonder, and the early, mystic Van Morrison. Thomas’ best work has always demonstrated that genre bending must radiate both dynamic new growth and deep roots.

This new CD, additionally, has sprouted some simply gorgeous flowers. Enjoy. It could change the way you experience music.
Read more...