Michael Schiefel: My Animals


My Animals


Michael Schiefel (vocals)


Don't Touch My Animals (Act 9711-2)

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Michael Schiefel (vocals).

Recorded: Berlin, March 2006


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

There is something of Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in this multitrack vocal recording by young German singer Michael Schiefel. Of course, some will argue it's not really jazz; yet who else but a jazz singer could coin such rhythmic sounds with his mouth, cross them in an impressive maze, and overdub a melody over the whole thing? Besides, just like this bold solo effort, today's creative Berlin jazz scene doesn't care about walls between styles. Here, Schiefel sings in English, and it swings like mad. Sometimes he does it in German and, believe it or not, that swings too.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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