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Bang! Zoom

January 9, 1996

  Song Title
Bang! Zoom
Freedom Is A Voice
Heaven's Design
My Better Half
Kid's Toys
Mere Words

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  • Original Release Date: September 18, 1995
  • Release Date: September 18, 1995
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 45:53
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,718 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth jazz with brilliant vocals! September 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a must for all music-lovers, embracing the spirit of soul, the art of jazz and the mood of top-quality classical music. The Yellowjackets, who are well known for their successful collaborations with various artists, sets the scene perfectly and creates the best possible background for Mcferrins vocal-skills. No need to hesitate; just buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any other Name besides Jazz would be Classical! December 8, 2004
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Bobby Mcferrin, if anything, must be a Creative Genius! When we attended 2 concerts with the Atlanta Symphony, he conducted 5-6 of heavy Beethoven Symphony No 8, Ravel, Tchaikovsky... plus Impressionistic pieces that stayed in my memory for months! He is equally at home with classical, romantic, even Impressionism or flat-out Jazz!

Here in this 1995 CD I hear his creative genius in using 3,5,7,9 tone themes as contrapuntal themes either in contrary motion or mirror inversion or as patterns in cross-bar, cross-beat rhythm even as Robert Shaw described in conducting Beethoven's MISSA SOLEMNIS. Also I'm thrilled each time I hear these first three examples of Combined Vocalices + Instrumental tunes in contrast with each other!

Probably his Title Song, filling-up the first 5:32 minutes is one of interesting musical nuances, regardless whether one calls it bonefide Classical Jazz or anything else! Alongside FRIENDS and MERE WORDS, I love what he does with REMEBRANCE and the awesome SELIM of Miles Davis and his lush-sounding horn!

I really relate to this creative, freshly expressive performer, even when he just sits in a chair onstage, creating Musical Body Sounds for over 30 minutes! He is totally Amazing to this Elder, Retired Musician, Chaplain Fred W Hood
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A B-Mack Fan June 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love how people try to classify Mr. McFarrins music. To me it has no genre. Or better yet belongs in a genre of it's own - Bobby Music. As for this CD, it is with out a doubt one of my favorites. Much more mellow and contemporary than say, the Play album. If you like Mr. McFarrin's music beyond "Don't worry be Happy" I think you will enjoy this take. I turn to it when I've had a long day and need to slow things down a little. Bobby's voice is so calming; it has such a deep texture.
The title of the album is a bit misleading; there are no "fireworks". It's more like the mesmerizing feeling you get when you sit around a fire with your friends and talk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Yellowjackets Fans August 14, 2006
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As a loyal fan of Yellowjackets, I really enjoy the collaboration between McFerrin with Yellowjackets in Dreamland CD. In Dreamland, McFerrin sing an unforgettable tune called "Summersong."

Then, I just found out recently about this McFerrin's Bang! Zoom album, and it really blew my mind. All of the tracks here are just like listening to a great Yellowjackets album. It is a 'must have' if you are Yellowjackets fans. Try to listen to 'Remembrance,' 'Heaven's Design,' and the smooth jazz tunes 'Friends.'

Thanks to Chico for introducing this album to me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album February 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A truly great jazz album from a unique artist. Bobby McFerrin uses his voice as an instrument without singing one word. (Except on the vocal lyrical songs "Friends", "Heaven's Design", "My Better Half" and "Mere Words"). The rest of the songs are done in a unique scat-like way...his voice at times blending so well with the instruments, it at times doesn't sound human. The title song has an African flavour to it. I think it's the highlight of the album, although I do love all the songs. Also his version of Miles Davis' "Selim" is wonderful. His voice even, at times sounds like a trumpet...amazing. This is an album that needs to be heard and's something that not only jazz fans will enjoy, but all music lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed Any Expectation November 21, 2005
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I really enjoy McFerrin and his many faces in the music industry, but this album really and truly blew me away when I heard it. Russell Ferrante (of the Yellowjackets) writes much of the material and fellow Yellowjackets musicians (Kennedy, Haslip, Mintzer) join him. The writing is absolutely beautiful, treating McFerrin like simply a musician in the ensemble rather than always backing him up as a soloist. Take time to really explore this album - it always seems to open more beauty on each listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, a true gem December 8, 1998
By A Customer
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My first Mcferrin album and truly a wonderful CD. The interplay of his voice and the accompanying instruments makes for a mesmerising and yet at the same time soothing listen. A must buy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple,out of this world. April 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD when I came to the Netherlands for my studies. It helped me a lot cope with homesickness, the music (especially Kids' toys)creates pictures of a typical summerday in Africa. Thanks for the music bobby.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!
EXCELLENT!!! The product totally met my expectations. The way the music is performed,the musicians and the compositions are outstanding. Really good.
Published 1 month ago by amafan
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Always love to hear Bobby's music, it is a change from what u hear every day on the radio. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by LoAunia Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby at his Best
I don't have all of Bobby's albums, but I have most of them. All of them are good but this is the one I keep coming back to. This is the one that keeps giving and giving. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Reader746
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I like the artist and glad he did something I like looking forward to more from him and others like him
Published 9 months ago by Michelle Dungeon
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album with some of my favorite tracks
If you check Allmusic and other music review sites, you'll see this album actually didn't do that well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. D. Estrada
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Bobby
You can always count on Bobby Mc to perform songs "out of the box". That's always been his style. That "human beat box" part of him never dies. Good CD for riding.
Published on March 23, 2010 by Delta4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Design
I've had this album for years & I've listened to it ever since. I put it on today again (been a while since last) & was blown away. It's incredibly beautiful! Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by DaPhox
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I love Bobby, and I love the Yellow Jackets.

They just don't gel for me on this CD. There's no connection between them as we would hope. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by D. Hansel
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