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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

In the Beginning....

This album was the spring board to the success of McFerrin's career. The live performance song Blackbird showcases McFerrin's vocal range and dexterity even to this day. Although not noted here, this album was McFerrin's first commerical success and was originially released in the early to mid '80's. It is the defining album of his early career which is defined by solo performances without overdubbing or accompaniment.

Awesome only hints

at the complexity of this album. As a young college music student Bobby's song " I'm my own walkman" opened my ears to endless possibilities of improvisation. Thanks for releasing a digital version of this album. My vinyl has long since been played out.

all kinds of beats for all kinds of feets

wow this album got me through many a night. superb one man live performance. you feel his charm and his talent oozing out the speakers.


Born: March 11, 1950 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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The Voice, Bobby McFerrin
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Vocal, Music, Jazz, Pop, Crossover Jazz, Vocal Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 1970

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