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Bobby McFerrin/London Vocal Project

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  • John Neal
    THE GUARDIAN: For the last 30 years, Bobby McFerrin could have contented himself with just being, as they say, an act – and an unrivalled one at that.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2010
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      THE GUARDIAN:

      For the last 30 years, Bobby McFerrin could have contented himself with just being, as they say, "an act" – and an unrivalled one at that. Possessed of a four-octave voice, lightning improv reflexes, and the ability to mimic everything from an opera bass to a Charlie Parker bop solo via the sound of a car shifting gear, he remains the master of the solo-voice show.

      But an act he refuses to be, and even at a Barbican concert (backed by Pete Churchill's fine 28-piece London Vocal Project) hooked to his most ambitious-ever album, McFerrin still spent much of the gig jamming with his fellow performers and the audience. Inevitably, his skills invite a: "How the hell does he do that?" But he also reminds listeners that all humanity carries the same instrument as him – and that music's roots are communal, which stardom has no business obscuring.

      Typically he began seated, quietly singing a little uptilting falsetto melody while beating the groove on his chest. A deeper, soul-vocal line emerged (in McFerrin's private language, which sounds like English but isn't), then his trademark register-leaping skids, ending on a finger-snap. He then got the choir to sing a riff to the basses, playfully conducting its spontaneous overlaying all the way up to the sopranos, before unfurling his own improvised line over the top.

      Read more:-
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/may/30/bobby-mcferrin-london-vocal-project
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