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Vocabularies

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Album Review

Bobby McFerrin has always been a wildly restless talent, continually looking to develop fresh ideas for the human voice and place it in — sometimes wildly — different contexts from simple folk and pop songs to improvisational settings to strident compositional frameworks. His productions include duet records with instrumentalists Chick Corea and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as the creation of a virtual a cappella choir from his own vocal overdubs. All of this said, there has always been “something missing” from his recorded works that shows itself in concert, outside recording studio confines. On VOCAbuLarieS he seems to have found it. This is the work that anyone remotely interested in McFerrin needs to hear. Collaborating with composer, arranger, and conductor Roger Treece over seven years, McFerrin’s been given a foil who not only understands his previous output, but can focus his ideas and take them to the next developmental peak. The pair employed over 50 vocalists from different genres and nations to create a virtual choir in the studio. According to a press release, they cut over 1,400 vocal tracks. The music here is “fusion” in the most seamless and beautiful sense of the word: classical, pop, soul, Middle Eastern, African, and Eastern European vocal traditions all move together, and encounter one another head-on. They meld into a whole where the seams show, but are elegantly aurally tailored to create something entirely new — even if the material always isn’t. Three selections here come from the controversially beautiful Medicine Music album, from 1996. But the versions here are radically different than the originals; the voices, rhythms, textures, and even ambiences of these voices have a more muscular quality, much more forceful and complex while simultaneously being more "listenable." The opener, “Baby,” provides proof. In the original it was a simple folk song, a lullaby with African roots; here is it a harmonically challenging, intricate labyrinth where 22 singers accompany McFerrin as well as a rhythm section. ”Wailers” is a pulsing chant with Middle Eastern, African, and Eastern European harmonies woven together by singers who include Sussan Deyhim, Luciana Souza, and Janis Siegel. ”He Ran to the Train” combines — in a wholly new way — two tracks from Medicine Music in an explosively knotty, compellingly emotional call-and-response piece that is as rhythmically complex as it is harmonically. The set closes with “Brief Eternity,” a new piece of modern sacred music that evokes everything from Gregorian chant and polyphony to John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. VOCAbuLarieS is easily McFerrin’s finest moment on record as well as his most ambitious, and should win him some new fans even among cynics.

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VOCAltriUmphant!!

If you're fan of vocal music, this album is for you. A perfect demonstration of what the human voice is capable of (without Auto-tune). The complex harmonies weave in and out of each melody without making it feel tonally out of place. Magnificent work by Bobby, Roger, and all the other fantastic singers who worked on this project!

Vocalbularies

Worth the wait! By far Bobby's finest musical triumph! These songs are like musical stories on the world of textural percussive landscapes, you simply must check this out. Fantastic, it will make you smile!

BIT - Beautiful, Inspiring and Touching!!!

I'm afraid to even say more than the title I gave this review in fear of not doing this gorgeous vocal, many different kinds of music, original masterpiece justice. I will say say that Bobby's long awaited album is like the long awaited iPad - you don't know how good it is until you experience it for yourself!!

-ken

Biography

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...
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