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Bobby McFerrin — Spirityouall (2013)

 Bobby McFerrin — Spirityouall (2013)

Bobby McFerrin — Spirityouall
Birth name: Robert McFerrin, Jr.
Born: March 11, 1950, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Instruments: Vocals, piano, bass guitar, clarinet
Location: New York
Album release: May 14, 2013
Record Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
Duration:     51:20
Tracks:
01. Everytime     (3:20)
02. Swing Low     (4:10)
03. Joshua     (4:04)
04. Fix Me Jesus     (4:14)
05. Woe     (3:35)
06. I Shall Be Released     (4:33)
07. Whole World     (3:35)
08. Gracious     (2:34)
09. 25:15     (3:58)
10. Wade     (3:22)
11. Glory     (5:09)
12. Jesus Makes It Good     (4:07)
13. Rest / Yes Indeed     (4:40)
Personnel:
Bobby McFerrin: vocals
Esperanza Spalding: bass, vocals (1, 2, 7, 11, 13)
Larry Campbell: guitars
Gil Goldstein: keyboards
Charley Drayton: drums (1, 2, 7, 11, 13)
Ali Jackson: drums (3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13)
Larry Grenadier: bass (3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Website: http://spirityouall.bobbymcferrin.com/
Vocal technique:
° As a vocalist, McFerrin often switches rapidly between modal and falsetto registers to create polyphonic effects, performing both the main melody and the accompanying parts of songs. He makes use of percussive effects created both with his mouth and by tapping on his chest. McFerrin is also capable of multiphonic singing.
° A document of McFerrin's approach to singing is his 1984 album The Voice, the first solo vocal jazz album recorded with no accompaniment or overdubbing.
Editorial Reviews:
° Bobby McFerrin brings it all back home with his new album, spirityouall, re-imagining Americana with beloved spirituals and original songs. Bobby invites us along on his everyday search for grace, wisdom, and freedom, embracing bluegrass and the baroque, heartfelt lyrics and wordless melodies, joy and sorrow. He throws some unexpected new ingredients into the melting pot and invites us to sing together through life's trials and triumphs. Across genres, across boundaries, across generations, spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.
About the Artist:
° For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world's finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His new album, spirityouall re-imagines Americana with beloved spirituals and original songs, raising the roof with joyful grooves. This bluesy, feel-good recording (featuring an incredible lineup of great musicians including Larry Campbell, Charley Drayton, Gil Goldstein, Larry Grenadier, Ali Jackson, and Esperanza Spalding) is an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea and the Vienna Philharmonic, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo vocal performances. All that pioneer spirit and virtuosity has opened up a great big sky, including game-changing experiments in multi-tracking (Don't Worry, Be Happy has seven separate, over-dubbed vocal tracks; Bobby"s choral album VOCAbuLarieS has thousands). But virtuosity isn't the point. "I try not to "perform" onstage," says Bobby. "I try to sing the way I sing in my kitchen, because I just can't help myself. I want to get people to just sing the way they do when they're just hanging out waiting for the bus, in their regular "blue-jeans" voice. I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of joy and freedom I get when I sing."  Ask him where he went to school, and he just might tell you that he is a graduate of MSU: Making Stuff Up. "Music for me is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul," says McFerrin. "And I like to think we're all on a journey into our souls. What's down there? That's why I do what I do."
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REVIEW
By C. MICHAEL BAILEY, Published: May 8, 2013
° Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks are the most innovative jazz voices of the past 50 years. Our current subject, McFerrin, took the technical capabilities of the human voice, remolding them into the fantastic and delightful forms we recognise as his genius today. spirityouall is McFerrin's celebration of both his father, Robert McFerrin, Sr., the first African-American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera Company and the American musical vernacular called the Spiritual.
° McFerrin's father was also an historic interpreter of the American Negro Spiritual, having recorded "Deep River" and Other Classic Negro Spirituals in 1957 (which is curiously unavailable digitally or as a compact disc). The younger McFerrin resculpts three timeless pieces that appeared also on his father's release—"Every time I Feel the Spirit," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Fix Me Jesus"— making these time-tested songs shine like liquid mercury exploding. McFerrin takes old songs and new originals, even a Dylan tune, melding them in the organic fashion of 1990s Cassandra Wilson, only completing Wilson's evolution in concept and execution. This is fully realized music. First, no song is allowed a "standard" treatment. No, not one of the thirteen songs here. McFerrin digs in the Delta Dirt with guitarist Larry Campbell's talents with dobro, slide guitar, steel guitar conjuring blues and deep country mojo on "Fix Me Jesus," "Whole World" and an Eddie Son House "Death Letter" stomp on the singer's original take on Psalms, "25:15:" Blind Willie Johnson meets Tommy Johnson at the crossroads of canned heat and the Yazoo river. McFerrin transforms "Wade in the Water" into a steel-guitar rag jazz piece quite unlike anything else. Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" has never been so transformed, sounding like it belongs to McFerrin and his father's spirit.
° The riches that make up spirityouall cannot be overestimated. McFerrin is well-inspired and supported on this disc, where he really does something both unique and special. This is music that heals.
Fortaken: http://www.allaboutjazz.com
Discography as leader:
° Bobby McFerrin (1982)
° The Voice (1984)
° Spontaneous Inventions (1987)
° Elephant's Child (1987)
° Simple Pleasures (1988)
° Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988)
° How the Rhino Got His Skin/How the Camel Got His Hump (1990)
° Medicine Music (1990)
° Play, with Chick Corea, 1990
° Hush, with Yo-Yo Ma, 1992
° Many Faces of Bird (1991)
° "The Siamese Cat Song" on Simply Mad About the Mouse (1991)
° Sorrow Is Not Forever (1994)
° Paper Music (1995, Doick with the St. Paul Chamber orchestra)
° Bang! Zoom (1995)
° The Mozart Sessions, with Chick Corea, 1996
° Circlesongs (1997)
° Mouth Music (2001)
° Beyond Words (2002) – featuring Chick Corea, Cyro Baptista and Richard Bona
° Konzert für Europa -The Schönbrunn Concert (2004)
° VOCAbuLarieS (2010)
° Spirityouall (2013)

Bobby McFerrin — Spirityouall (2013)

 

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