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Bobby McFerrin

Kevin LeGendre presents the pick of new jazz CDs and talks to vocalist Bobby McFerrin, introducing tracks from his new album.

Jazz Line-Up's centrepiece this week is an extended interview with star vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Not surprisingly his parents were both classical singers who supported young Bobby's study of musical theory at age six. Throughout his high school years in Los Angeles the piano was his primary instrument. His inspiration to sing was first channelled into piano and voice jazz improvisations. Then in 1983 he began to give a cappella solo performances, which led to a tour in Germany where he received tremendous acclaim. In short order, due to numerous appearances on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, where he was a treasured guest, combining his talents with numerous artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Hancock, Jon Hendricks and Robin Williams he became a well known creative luminary.
His conversation with Kevin LeGendre will include extracts from his current CD.

1 hour

Music Played

  • John McLaughlin

    To The One

    Performers: John McLaughlin (Guitar-Synthesizer), Gary Husband (Keyboards), Etienne M’Bappe (Bass Guitar)

    • To The One.
    • Abstract Logix.
    • ABLX 027.
  • Phronesis

    Abraham's New Gift

    Performers: Jasper Hoiby (Double Bass), Ivo Neame (Piano), Mark Guiliana (Drums)

    • Alive.
    • Edition Records.
    • EDN 1021.
  • Bobby McFerrin - Wailers

    Performers: Bobby McFerrin

  • Bobby McFerrin - Messages

    Performers: Bobby McFerrin

  • Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea - Blue Monk

    Performers: Bobby McFerrin, Vocal/Chick Corea, Piano

  • Bobby McFerrin - The Garden

    Performers: Bobby McFerrin

  • Steve Davis

    Minor Contention

    Performers: Steve Davis (Trombone), Roy Hargrove (Trumpet & Flugelhorn), Steve Nelson (Vibraphone), Hank Jones (Piano), Nat Reees (Bass), Joe Farnsworth (Drums)

    • Eloquence.
    • Jazz Legacy.
    • JLP 0901003.
  • Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas - Footprints

    Performers: Anthony Jackson (Contrabass Guitar), Yiorgos Fakanas (Fretless Bass Guitar), Mitch Forman (Keyboards), Dave Weckl (Drums), Takis Paterelis (Flute/Alto Sax/Soprano Sax), Antonis Andreou (Trombone)

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