Jazz Mozart – Bobby McFerrin & Chamber Music

by Chris Devonshire-Ellis

December 9th, 2009

Bobby McFerrin is a classically trained, experimental jazz singer with an incredible vocal range. Employing drumming by using his own body, and regarding his voice as an instrument, he is best known for the mid-1980’s hit single "Don’t Worry, Be Happy". Since then, he has consistently fused his eclectic style of jazz and scat singing with classical music, as first seen on his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, on the recording "Hush". Here, McFerrin combines forces with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, fulfilling the roles both of conductor and vocalist. Featuring compositions by Mozart, Faure, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mendelssohn this could have turned into an almighty dogs dinner. However it is much to McFerrin’s credit that it does not, and instead he has created a marvellous record of style, homage, wit and beauty. If melody, the classics, and jazz are your thing, then this CD will both surprise and delight.

Bobby McFerrin "Paper Music" Sony Classical SK64600