Bobby McFerrin Beyond Words on 180g Import 2LP
2002's Beyond Words is where Bobby McFerrin truly found the magic in music, the twelfth recording in a highly creative journey that had already brought him 10 Grammy Awards. The release was marketed jointly by the legendary jazz label Blue Note and revered classical imprint Angel Records.
McFerrin was signed to the sister labels under the Jazz & Classics umbrella of Capitol Records in early 2001 and both were a natural home for the performer whose creative energy flows freely through the worlds of jazz, classical, pop, choral, a capella, and world music.
Co-produced by Linda Goldstein and Gil Goldstein, Beyond Words takes the listener on a pilgrimage through Bobby's influences from around the world. African, Asian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Western and traditional jazz elements can be heard on pieces like "Invocation," "A Silken Road," "Ziggurat" and "Marlowe."
Bobby even flirts with drum and bass music on "Taylor Made," a song in which he teams with his son Taylor on mouth percussion. McFerrin uses keyboards to create layers of sound that interweave with multiple layers of vocal textures. He composed all 16 tracks, except for his adventurous take on Chick Corea's "Windows." Besides, Chick, Bobby is backed here by the likes of Richard Bona, Omar Hakim, and Cyro Baptista.
Bobby McFerrin (vocals, Roland XP-80)
Chick Corea (piano, Fender Rhodes)
Omar Hakim (drums)
Cyro Baptista (percussion)
Gil Goldstein (Yamaha DX-7, accordion, Fender Rhodes)
Keith Underwood (wooden flutes, contrabass flute)
Richard Bona (bass, guitar, percussion)
Taylor McFerrin (vocal percussion)
Bobby McFerrin Beyond Words Track Listing:
2. Kalimba Suite
3. A Silken Road
4. Fertile Field
7. Pat and Joe
8. Taylor Made
9. A Piece, A Chord
10. Monks / The Shepherd