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On 'spirityouall,' Bobby McFerrin can't do anything without faith

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On 'spirityouall' Bobby McFerrin pays tribute to his late father, Robert McFerrin Sr., the celebrated Metropolitan Opera baritone and master interpreter of African-American spirituals. This May 14 CD release is a deeply personal statement for Bobby. "I couldn't do anything without faith," he says. "I couldn't open up my eyes, I couldn't walk, I couldn't speak, I couldn't sing. The 10-time Grammy winner is joined on the date by master arranger/musical director Gil Goldstein, and a killer band: Esperanza Spalding, who also sings on three tracks, Larry Grenadier on bass, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, and drummers Ali Jackson and Charley Drayton.

This is American Music at it's finest with seven classic spirituals, an unexpected cover (Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released"), and five more original tunes. Hoedowns, anthems, blues and Psalms, all based on McFerrin's own readings of the Bible.

Please watch Bobby's performance of 'Woe' from 'spirityouall' on the attached clip from a recent visit to the WSJ Cafe, Bobby wrote this for the album