It's out! EXFOLIATE, the new CD/download from Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO 

It’s EXFOLIATE, the long-awaited (by me, at least) new album from Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO Check out the goods: Listen to whole-song samples. You’ll then, of course, need/want to purchase a CD or an album or song download. Go ahead! It’s right there. And after you do the right thing, please go back and write a review. After all, why keep all that good stuff to yourself? C’mon, you know these guys: Steve Thomas (vocals/songs/arrangements); John…

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Steve & REAL INCOGNITO at Outpost 186 3/29/15 

Back at our home away from home, we kicked up our heels at Outpost 186 last weekend. See PHOTOS for the incriminating evidence. Also see our Facebook page for some video verite: Check out Karen in her infamous zebra skirt; kinda classes up the bandstand, don't ya think?

Steve & REAL INCOGNITO at Blue in Portland 

The Incogs and I had a great time playing Blue in Portland, Maine, on Jan. 31—a little window of opportunity before The Big Snow returned. Blue's a very cool little club in downtown Portland. Definitely worth checking out. You can check out some photos of the gig in Photos, and photos/video on Facebook:

Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO CD in the works! 

The last weekend in September, the Incogs and I wrapped our recording sessions for the new CD, with the fabulous Warren Amerman of Rotary Records at the control board. A wonderful place to record, and Warren has big ears (and a sly sense of humor . . . but let's not get into that here). John, Greg, Mike, and I were VERY happy campers. Had to pause from time to time to extinguish spontaneous combustions that erupted from the smokin' hot tracks. Know'm sayin Mixing, mastering, etc. still lie ahead I'll…

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Steve Thomas & REAL INCOGNITO @ Somerville Porchfest 

Steve & REAL INCOGNITO had a fabulous time playing Somerville, MA's Porchfest last Saturday. Weather was iffy up till early morning, and then the rain miraculously gave way to an absolutely gorgeous day. Karen and I had our very own PORCHAPALOOZA! in our side yard on Henderson St Mambo Doble, K's Latin/Brazilian band Steve & REAL INCOGNITO Greg Loughman's Lowman (Check out the scene in PHOTO GALLERY.) Yeah, by the end people were waving their lighters in the air and hollering "Free Bird!" (Well, they…

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Holy cow! It's REAL INCOGNITO at Outpost 186 

The Incogs and I had a wonderful birthday gig (yours truly) at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge, MA on January 18. Wander over to PHOTO GALLERY and you'll see a couple pix. We played great IMHO, and the assembled throng even sang me "Happy Birthday" (at my wife's instigation). Threw in some vocal harmonies too — although that may have been because I hollered partway through the rendition, "How 'bout some harmony?" Greg and John instantly supplied same. See what happens when you hang with musicians…

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more REAL INCOGNITO (not available in stores) 

REAL INCOGNITO gives us jazzbos an opportunity to rummage around in some nonjazz idioms we love, in the guise of an electric rock band. Reggae, ‘60s soul, Balkan odd meters, N. African gnawa, etc. Tunes include oblique tributes to heroes Robert Frank and Paul Motian, skewed reflections on dental and skin care, and the loneliness of the 3-toed sloth We liked our Outpost 186 gig in June so much we're gonna try to do a semi-regular every-other-month thing there. Get in on the ground floor, people. You know…

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Yep, that's what it often feels like when you play original music. ("Steve who . . . ?") REAL INCOGNITO is a project I've been working on off-and-on since 2010 when electric bass pal David Vermette and I started running some of my new tunes together. Dave and I did a jazz jam at Acton Jazz Cafe the summer of 2010, and then an opening set, with John Funkhouser (keys) and Mike Connors (drums), at Amazing Things Arts Center in Natick in March 2011 REAL INCOGNITO gives us jazzbos an opportunity to rummage…

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Steve & the Cohorts at Wellesley Free Library 

Sometimes setbacks can turn into . . . what? Advances? Co-Conspirators vibes player Rich can't make our upcoming gig at Wellesley Free Library on Sept. 21. So instead of a Co-Cons gig, it's now Steve & Cohorts I'll be mixing it up with Co-Conspirators bandmates John Funkhouser (piano, bass) and Gary Fieldman (drums) in various duo and trio configurations. We'll do jazz compositions by me, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz, Monk, and others. It gives us a chance to stretch out a little on some things we…

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Steve & the Co-Cons Online 

Last month the Co-Conspirators and I played a fun show at The Nave Gallery in Somerville, as part of Somerville Open Studios and Boston Jazz Week. And the performance was recorded for a podcast, which is now up and running. Due to copyright stuff, we could put out only my original tunes. To hear our takes on Ornette, Miles, Wayne, and others, you'll just have to come to a gig Many thanks to Randy Winchester at The Nave Gallery for recording and putting us online -- and for being a generally good guy.…

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