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Bobby McFerrin: Spontaneous Inventions

The phase “improvising vocalist” more accurately describes Bobby McFerrin than the term “jazz singer.” From his uncanny ability to imitate instruments to his fluidity with lyrics, charisma on stage and rhythmic skills, McFerrin is a dominant performer. This live set, taped in 1986 at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles, highlights his idiomatic versatility and shows the attraction of his vocal leaps, dips, melodic twists and textures.

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