The Man Incognito (Remastered) Alphonse Mouzon

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Label: Blue Note Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Fusion

Artist: Alphonse Mouzon

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  • 1Take Your Troubles Away05:04
  • 2Snake Walk03:51
  • 3Before You Leave04:31
  • 4Just Like The Sun06:29
  • 5You Are My Dream03:32
  • 6New York City04:07
  • 7Without A Reason04:13
  • 8Mouzon Moves On03:43
  • 9Behind Your Mind04:08
  • Total Runtime39:38

Info for The Man Incognito (Remastered)

„The Man Incognito“ is the fourth album by American jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded in 1975. Drummer Alphonse Mouzon recorded this jazz funk masterpiece in 1976 backed by an almost encyclopaedic cast of musicians. „The Man Incognito“ may refer to the appearance of George Duke under a pseudo name, whose funky keyboards are a highlight throughout. ‘Snake Walk’ is a great punchy jazz funk dancer with great horn stabs and a real standout. ‘New York City’, ‘Without a Reason’, ‘Mouzon Moves on’ and ‘Dance Your Troubles Away’ are jazz funk with a capitol F. The more atmospheric ‘Before You leave’ and the dynamic ‘Behind Your Mind’ add contrast to this lesser known but substantial album.

Alphonse Mouzon, drums, percussion, vocals, synthesizer
Gary Grant, trumpet
George Bohanon, trombone
Ray Pizzi, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Tom Scott, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, lyricon
David Benoit, piano, electric piano
Dave Grusin, piano, electric piano, clavinet
Dawilli Gonga, synthesizer
Ian Underwood, synthesizer
David T. Walker, guitar (track 6)
Lee Ritenour, guitar, electric guitar
Tim DeHuff, electric guitar
Charles Meeks, electric bass
Emil Richards, cymbals, percussion
Victor Feldman, conga, bongo, percussion
Marty McCall, vocals
Jackie Ward, vocals
Caroline Willis, vocals

Recorded December 1975 and January 1976 at the Sound Labs., Hollywood, Calif.
Produced by Skip Drinkwater

Digitally remastered

Alphonse Mouzon
of African, French and Blackfoot descent, was born on November 21, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his first musical training at Bonds-Wilson High School and moved to New York City upon graduation. He studied drama and music at the City College of New York as well as medicine at Manhattan Medical School. He continued receiving drum lessons from Bobby Thomas, the drummer for jazz pianist Billy Taylor. He played percussion in the Broadway show Promises, Promises, he then worked with pianist McCoy Tyner. He spent a year as a member of the jazz fusion band, Weather Report. After that Mouzon signed as a solo artist to the Blue Note label in 1972.

Mouzon's visibility increased with his tenure with guitarist Larry Coryell's Eleventh House fusion band from 1973 to 1975. Albums from this period include Introducing the Eleventh House, Level One, Mind Transplant (a solo album), and in 1977, a reconciliation recording with Coryell entitled Back Together Again.

Mouzon recorded Mind Transplant in 1974 with guitarist Tommy Bolin, who had previously played on Billy Cobham's Spectrum.

He recorded four R & B albums, including The Essence of Mystery (Blue Note 1972), Funky Snakefoot (Blue Note 1973) and The Man Incognito (Blue Note 1976), including 'Take Your Troubles Away' and in the 1980s By All Means featured Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Seawind Horns and Freddie Hubbard.

Mouzon performed with many prominent jazz-fusion musicians. In 1991, he performed with Miles Davis on the movie soundtrack album entitled "Dingo". Mouzon composed the song "The Blue Spot" for the jazz club scene and appeared as an actor and drummer in the Tom Hanks-directed film, That Thing You Do in 1996. Alphonse Mouzon played the role of "Miles" in the film The Highlife, which was exhibited at a film festival in Houston in 2003. He also can be seen with Michael Keaton and Katie Holmes in the film First Daughter, and as 'Ray" in the movie The Dukes, along with Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri and Peter Bogdanovich.

Mouzon played with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Patrick Moraz, Betty Davis and Chubby Checker. Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, during his acceptance speech for induction into the 1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, listed Alphonse Mouzon as one of the band's influences from American music.

In 1992, Mouzon formed Tenacious Records and released his album The Survivor. Subsequent releases on Tenacious Records included On Top of the World, Early Spring, By All Means, Love Fantasy, Back to Jazz, As You Wish, The Night is Still Young, The Sky is the Limit, Distant Lover, Morning Sun, and Absolute Greatest Love Songs and Ballads.

The 1981 album Morning Sun was his most successful album in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines. Most songs in the album, notably the title track, were extensively played in various FM and AM radio stations during that time, and are still being used in advertisements, commercials, social events and radio news programs in that country.

Mouzon played on a recording with Albert Mangelsdorff (trombone), and Jaco Pastorius (bass), named Trilogue. Originally recorded in 1976 and re-released in 2005, this performance was from November 6, 1976, at the Berlin Jazz Days.

In 2014, Mouzon was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock legends El Chicano as well as David Paich, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Ray Parker Jr., Lenny Castro, Vikki Carr, Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Jessy J, Marcos J. Reyes, Siedah Garrett, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Salvador Santana and Spencer Davis and is featured on drums on two tracks "Make Love" and "The Viper" that are part of Gallagher's most recent studio album due to be released in 2017.

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