McFerrin may be on the other side of fifty. The song may be forty years old (dating from that prehistoric era when "Windows" were still on walls and not in your operating system). His piano accompanist on this duet may be in his 60s. Yet this recording sounds more modern and forward-looking than the "new stuff" from the younger generation of jazz vocalists. While the new kids on the block are still scatting out the Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé method books, McFerrin creates wordless vocals that never settle for the old tired clichés. His melodic lines soar and swoop according to his own innate sense of musicality. And how about that fellow Corea on the keyboard? His version of this same song on the Stan Getz Sweet Rain
release (from 1967) is still one of my desert island favorites. Yet Corea continues to reinvent his own compositions with the passing decades. His spontaneous counterpoint with McFerrin is a delight to hear, the two musicians clearly finding mutual inspiration in this duet setting.
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