Bobby Mcferrin riffs with guitarist Richard Bona
Do you remember Bobby Mcferrin? (of Don’t Worry, Be Happy fame) While many have dismissed him as a one-hit wonder, McFerrin is hailed as a musical genius around the world. And rightly so. His musical prowress as composer and scatting impresario has gained a cult following. I was recently reminded of his ingenuity as I watched a few video clips of his performances. Which brought me to my larger love of Jazz, and it’s infiltration into another major part of my life, Hip Hop.
I won’t get into the history of jazz, scat, and it’s modern incarnations, nor do I profess myself to be a scholar; but I will provide you with some new and not-so new scat improvisations that are sure to refresh your mind and music collection. Enjoy.
The Roots- Essaywhuman?!!!??!
Rachelle Ferrell- Don’t Waste Your Time
Rahzel- Wu Tang Live
Doug E. Fresh- The Show (Sorry, I couldn’t do this post without a mention!)
Guinea Jazz Great Momo Wandel Soumah on YouTube