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Vocalist Bobby McFerrin, best known for his pop hit, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," is a talented vocalist and all-around musician. This recording is a true reflection of his genius, and it takes jazz-fusion to another level. Joining McFerrin is the great pianist Chick Corea, with Gil Goldstein on accordion, Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona, Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, and drummer Omar Hakim. Their music is a 21st-century blend of Return to Forever and Weather Report. McFerrin's superhuman vocalese investigates and invigorates a number of musical genres. Corea's spellbinding piano motifs grace the calypso-like "Invocation." McFerrin and Corea turn in a beautiful duet version of the pianist's waltzing jazz standard, "Windows." "A Silk Road" and "Desert Field" are laced with Afro-Eurasian and Arabic colors. Bona's Jaco Pastorius-influenced bass lines anchor the hip-hop oriented "Taylor Made," named for McFerrin's son, whose human beat-box vocals pepper the track. Bobby McFerrin's voice sings, scats, and constructs a musical language that's understood by everyone. --Eugene Holley Jr.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000060K0S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David A. Beamer on July 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This recording is kind of a cross between McFerrin's "Play" and his "Circlesongs". Like "Play", it is evident that he is taking his jazz seriously, but it has something of the minimalist approach of "Circlesongs". Those expecting the sunny "Don't Worry..." McFerrin will probably be disappointed.
While the music is not calm or inert, it is understated. The work here is subtle. He doesn't try to overpower you with his immense creativity. As the title suggests, there are no words in his singing -- something he has been exploring in most of his recent recordings. And in a bit of a departure, this CD is not just about him; he lets the other musicians take the spotlight.
Bobby is evolving -- into a more complete musician. That's not to say his earlier works are lessened in any way; it's a realization that Bobby can dovetail his ideas with others. All in all, an interesting recording with much to recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bassplayer on March 10, 2003
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I've been a rock fan most of my life, but since I've been playing bass I've been listening to a lot more jazz. I bought this disc because Jazz Times gave it a good review. It's a great jazz album, but I was totally caught off guard by how much I enjoyed the world music aspects of the disc. Bobby's silky smooth lyrics just grabbed me, and the disc is now a permanent resident in my cd-changer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The MU51C Analyst on September 10, 2005
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Beyond Words, is a well created and good-sounding CD. The vocals are not words, which I did not know when I bought the CD. Nonetheless, the CD is like nothing I have ever heard and has a lot of soul. It took me a little while to get into, as some CDs do, but it was definitely a good buy. Addressing the song selection, well, after about a good half hour you get sick of them, they get rather repetitious. Bobby McFerrin undoubtedly is a skilled musician, his vocal range is extraodinary and his jazz singing, (check out him with Chick Corea) is well unbelievably amazingly spectacular. Back to the CD, some of the songs sound very similar to the Circlesong CD, if you like that, you'll like this too. A tip I have for you considering this CD is listen to the sampler tracks and see if you like it before getting this CD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bowen on August 5, 2002
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the first thing you notice about this bobby mcferrin album is how quickly he has evolved what scatting was going on in 'bang zoom'. 'beyond words' has a bit more ambient and world beat feel to it as well as a return to jazz. even though he ventures into many directions, the end result is a seamless whole which makes for a great mood album.
you find yourself easily humming along to some of the tracks. this is an album to soften lights and burn incense by, i always play it end to end without wondering or worrying about getting to a particular track.
jazz fans will be delighted by chick corea's return. the dance between he and mcferrin has mellowed and calmed since 'play'. i think it works much better. there is not so much virtuoso posturing this time, but the energy is punchy still. the reason for this is none other than omar hakim, the drummer who thrilled the world in sting's 'bring on the night' live concert in paris. he and mcferrin have a natural playfulness in their approach to music. anyone familiar with both will find this collaboration rewarding.
this is a nicely complex form of smooth, warm, internationally flavored jazzy music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damien Margo on May 15, 2004
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Get ready for action. Bobby joins Omar Hakim, Chick Corea, and Richard Bona to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Yum! Your guests will ask, "What in the world is this beautiful music?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evandro C. B. Vianna on January 15, 2008
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The Bobby McFerrin I thought I knew was one of those artist who keep doing what they do best just to show us what makes him better than other artists. Music is just an instrument for them to accomplish this ambition. I hate them all.
I'm glad my prejudices didn't keep me from listening to this album. From track one, what you hear is Music taken as seriously and respectfully as it can possibly be, without one single false step. Then comes Kalimba Suite, able to grab your full attention from beginning to end. My god, what a wonderful song, this Silken Road. And so on. He keeps the same level of care and sensitiveness and wonder through all the tracks, always putting his admirable voice at Her service, never the opposite. And closes the album with a spiritually elevating song of a kind seldom ever heard. Beyond words. The title is actually more appropriate than anything that can be possibly be said about this album.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on April 12, 2002
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Bobby Mc Ferrin has produced a CD of unparalleled beauty and power. If all you know of McFerrin is his hit, forget that altogether. This is music with soul, spirit, intelligence and passion, and his accomplices in this effort, especially Richard Bona, have produced a work that will be listened to hundreds of years from now. This is creative virtuosity, passionate singing and phenomenal dynamics in the service of conveying something deeply personal. Something more fundamental to being alive, I can not imagine. You will dance, cry, pray, love, worship as you listen to the music on this disc. I urge you now, stop reading this note and rush to get this disc. You will never be the same.
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