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on 23 December 2008
Paradoxically to its name, "Spontaneous" turns out to be a very small mix (39 mn) of 11 ADD re-edited past songs, with minimalist packaging(simple cover with just undated track names & two-sided same picture). Initially vocals published by BLUE NOTE (Capitol Records), then Atlantic Records (#81266-1) and finally WEA for export, with special guests : The Manhattan Transferts' choir for "Another night in Tunisia", Wayne Shorter's saxophone for "Walkin'", and Herbie Hancock's piano for "Turtle Shoes"!.
Therefore everyone having already quite some records of B McFerrin will face the risk of unecessary doubles on cheap record!
Otherwise, this tiny CD can represent an 'appetizer' in McFerrin's discography to the novice.

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Attention, il s'agit d'une petite compilation de 39 mn d'enregistrements en ADD, au packaging minimaliste (simple jaquette avec titres des morceaux non datés et photo recto-verso), reprenant 11 morceaux de vocalises initialement publiés par BLUE NOTE (Capitol Records), puis Atlantic Records (#81266-1) et chez WEA pour l'export. Donc pour ceux possédant déjà une discographie de Bobby McFerrin, risque évident de doublons! Sinon, ce Cd peut représenter un premier achat de cet interprète atypique réputé pour apprécier à la fois l'étendue de son chant, de sa basse vocale et percussions stomacales qu'il orchestre avec maestria jazzy.
Quant aux interprètes affichés par Amazon pour ce disque, il ne s'agit que de 'special guests' pour un titre seulement; comme le choeur des Manhattan Transferts pour "Another night in Tunisia", le saxophone de Wayne Shorter pour "Walkin'", ou le piano d'Herbie Hancock pour "Turtle Shoes"!
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on 6 February 2014
I first heard Bobby McFerrin back in the early 1990s listening to tracks such as Thinkin bout your body which is entirely produced through the sound of his own body/voice. Beating out rhythms with his hands and singing the song and providing backing music. It is a truly excellent song...

The whole album is worth a listen too and definitely a keeper!
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on 27 April 2000
Bobby McFerrin is famously known for his hit 'Don't Worry Be Happy', and I purchased 'Spontaneous Inventions' for something a little different, and I was not disappointed. Bobby has a fab sense of humour which is telling from the people he works with - Herbie Hancock('Turtle Shoes')and Robin Williams('Beverly Hills Blues').'Thinking About Your Body' is another excellent vocal jazz number that you will probably recognise from the Dairy Milk advert. His style of music is so different and funky, one might forget that he uses nothing nothing more than his vocal chords and musical talent to create his sound.
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