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Play Live

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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PLAY is Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea. PLAY features musical highlights from several concert appearances by the pair which proved to be as humorous as they were musically engaging. PLAY features incredible moments such as McFerrin's ability to switch effortlessly from soaring falsettos to intense basslines. Chick Corea acts as the perfect accompanist and partner to McFerrin, yet McFerrin often steals the show with his improvisational vocal mastery.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a MUST for jazz enthusiasts. Like anything exceptional, most people won't like it, so don't bother playing this CD for friends unless they share your tastes in music. Excellence in any endeavor has a narrow audience, but for those who appreciate greatness, its appeal cuts deep. This recording cuts to the bone!! McFerrin is precise,inventive, and able to vocalize like an instrumentalist with an immense tonal range and expressiveness. He has no peers. And Chic Corea plays jazz piano with instrument mastery usually reserved for world-class classical pianists, but it's REALLY jazz, not Yoyo Ma (a master of the cello, world class) trying to play jazz, displaying amazing musicianship, but showing he just doesn't understand what jazz really is. By contrast, both Corea & McFerrin are masters of technique but are jazz masters as well.
Most of the cuts are note for note arrangements of earlier jazz classics: Spain (Miles Davis);Blues Connotation( Ornette Coleman). " Even From Me" is a collaborative composition by Corea And McFerrin based on a 4 note vocal bass riff repeated over & over, creating a foundation upon which each weave their unique jazz creations. The entire selection of pieces sound improvisational, but are tightly arranged.
Perhaps the best reason this is a "must have" recording is that the music is FUN. It makes you feel wonderful. It's not depressing bluesy (that can be good stuff too). It's not the frenetic dissonant cacophony of Thelonius Monk. It's just the best piano/vocal stuff I've heard. And it's fun-- they just play.
Just buy it. Don't worry, you'll be happy.
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By Earl Hazell on March 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I once played "Spain", the Corea tune on this CD for my girlfriend years ago when this CD first came out, and on the first three notes of Bobby Mcferrin's entrance after a poetic introduction by Corea, she burst into joyous laughter. This CD will make everyone from the straight ahead jazz purist to the every now and again jazz appreciator to a six year old child laugh and dance. There is beautiful work on this CD...and hearing it now is a reminder of what is missing on the radio today...when you comin' back Bobby M?
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It's very hard to find CD's like this here in the Philippines. And when I got a copy of this album, the first thing that I could say was "AMAZING!!!" Indeed it's amazing to hear perfectly talented people like McFerrin and Corea in one concert together. Full of improvisations, serious and comic, technical, but full of feelings, what more can I say? This album is perfectly complete. Wish I could watch them live here.
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Not sure how I missed this for so long. I've drifted in & out of listening to jazz over the last decade or so. I just reimmersed to find Play. What an incredible collection of musical genius. Bobby McFerrin continues to amaze me. Not only with his vocalization (not vocals) talent but also his inventive nature along with the steady injection of fun & joy in his music. I've had this CD for a few weeks now, and it doesn't leave my car player. The riffs, runs, scat...all of it just keeps flowing through my head.

I agree with the previous reviewers. Play is a must-have for anyone who truly loves music.
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Bobby Mcferrin is a straight up musical genius. The man can do things with his voice that baffle the mind. Chick Corea matches that skill on the piano, and this creates one of the best live albums of all time.
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I really enjoy Bobby McFerrin and delight in his vocal jazz. My wife and I will be going to another McFerrin concert in a few weeks. However, this is not my favorite album of his. For those looking for a good introduction I would recommend 'The Voice'.
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