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Bobby McFerrin - Bobby McFerrin [Elektra Musician E1-60023] (1982)

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Artist:

Bobby McFerrin

Title:

Bobby McFerrin

Released: 1982
Label: Elektra Musician
Catalog: E1-60023
Genre: Jazz Vocal


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Dance With Me
02 Feline
03 You've Really Got A Hold On Me
04 Moondance
05 All Feets Can Dance
06 Sightless Bird
07 Peace
08 Jubilee
09 Hallucinations
10 Chicken
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Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

Bobby McFerrin's self-titled debut recording hints at his potential, although the album also largely plays it safe compared to what was to come. The remarkable singer is at his best on the unaccompanied ''Hallucinations'' and in a duet with drummer H.B. Bennett on ''All Feets Can Dance''; also quite worthwhile are his versions of ''Dance with Me'' and ''Moondance.'' Most of the diverse selections find McFerrin joined by a rhythm section led by pianist Victor Feldman. Phoebe Snow shares the vocal mic with McFerrin on ''You've Really Got a Hold on Me.'' An interesting but not essential release.


Bobby McFerrin - The Voice [Elektra Musician 9 60366-1-E] (1984)

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Bobby McFerrin

Title:

The Voice

Released: 1984
Label: Elektra Musician
Catalog: 9 60366-1-E
Genre: Jazz


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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Blackbird
02 The Jump
03 El Brujo
04 I Feel Good
05 I'm My Own Walkman
06 Music Box
07 Medley: Donna Lee / Big Top / We're In The Money
08 I'm Alone
09 T.J.
10 A-Train
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Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

The Voice was a milestone in jazz history; it was the first time a jazz singer had recorded an entire album solo, without accompaniment or overdubbing, for a major label. Bobby McFerrin's amazing ability to switch back and forth between bass notes and falsetto, along with his talent for jumping octaves, made this record quite a virtuoso showcase. For those interested in the potential of the human voices and in an important jazz talent, The Voice is recommended without reservations.


Bobby McFerrin - Simple Pleasures [EMI/Manhattan E1-48059] (1988)

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Artist:

Bobby McFerrin

Title:

Simple Pleasures

Released: 1988
Label: EMI/Manhattan
Catalog: E1-48059
Genre: Jazz / Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Don't Worry, Be Happy
02 All I Want
03 Drive My Car
04 Simple Pleasures
05 Good Lovin'
06 Come To Me
07 Suzie Q
08 Drive
09 Them Changes
10 Sunshine Of Your Love
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Scott Yanow [allmusic.com]

This CD will always be remembered for including Bobby McFerrin's surprise hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Actually, overall, this album is not quite up to the level of his previous two, for instead of taking unaccompanied vocals, the remarkable singer overdubbed his voice many times, which reduces the miraculous nature of his talents. However, McFerrin's renditions of "Drive My Car," "Drive," and "Sunshine of Your Love" (the program is quite diverse), plus the catchy "Don't Worry," are generally unique and worth hearing.

Bobby McFerrin's Biography

by Jason Ankeny [allmusic.com]

Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin ranks among the most distinctive and original singers in contemporary music -- equally adept in jazz, pop, and classical settings, his octave-jumping trademark style, with its rhythmic inhalations and stop-on-a-dime shifts from falsetto to deep bass notes often sounds like the work of at least two or three singers at once, while at the same time sounding quite unlike anyone else. The son of husband-and-wife classical singers, McFerrin was born in New York City on March 11, 1950, later studying piano at California State College at Sacramento and Cerritos College. After touring behind the Ice Follies, he performed with a series of cover bands, cabaret acts, and dance troupes before making his vocal debut in 1977. While living in New Orleans, he sang with the group Astral Projection before relocating to San Francisco. There he met legendary comedian Bill Cosby, who arranged for McFerrin to appear at the 1980 Playboy Jazz Festival.

A performance at the 1981 Kool Jazz Festival led to a contract with Elektra, and the following year, McFerrin issued his self-titled debut LP. With 1984's The Voice, he made jazz history, recording the first-ever solo vocal album (sans accompaniment or overdubbing) to be released on a major label. His Blue Note debut, Spontaneous Inventions, followed in 1985 and featured contributions from Herbie Hancock, the Manhattan Transfer (on the Grammy-winning "Another Night in Tunisia"), and comic Robin Williams; McFerrin also earned mainstream exposure through his unique performance of the theme song to the television hit The Cosby Show, as well as a number of commercial spots. With 1988's Simple Pleasures, he scored a chart-topping pop smash with "Don't Worry, Be Happy"; around that time, he also formed the ten-member a cappella group Voicestra, featured on 1990's Medicine Music.

With 1992's Hush, McFerrin shifted gears to team with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the record remained on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts for over two years. The jazz release Play, a collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, appeared in 1992 as well. McFerrin returned to classical territory in 1995 with Paper Music, a collection of interpretations of works by Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, (which he joined as Creative Chair a year prior). For 1996's Bang! Zoom he teamed with members of the Yellowjackets; a second collaboration with Corea, The Mozart Sessions, appeared later that same year. With 1997's Circlesongs, McFerrin returned to his roots, recording an entire album of improvised vocal performances. He then recorded a collaborative album of classical and jazz standards for Sony Music Special Products in 2001. It teamed him with such esteemed musicians as Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A year later, Blue Note released his Beyond Words album, McFerrin's first work for the label in nearly a decade. It featured a band comprised of Chick Corea, Richard Bona, Omar Hakim, Cyro Baptista, and Gil Goldstein. Supported by a choir, McFerrin released VOCAbuLarieS in 2010.
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