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March 16, 2004


Seattle Post Intelligencer

Vocalist Bobby McFerrin and tap dancer Savion Glover had never met before Saturday, but you would never have known it from the performance they gave together that night at the Paramount Theatre, a jam-packed benefit for Seattle Theatre Group. For the first 15 minutes, the two artists, in casual outfits of pants and open-necked shirts with tails hanging out, faced each other on a raised dance platform and gave a breathtaking performance so closely and intuitively in sync with each other that it was almost impossible to tell who was leading at any one moment. Thanks to the influx of patrons still being seated, they started almost 15 minutes late, at first alternating and echoing each other with variations, then together, with McFerrin occasionally tapping his chest as added percussion. Rhythms faster and more furious segued to slower, easier sections, moods changing all the time along with styles from scat to jazz.

McFerrin kept to a husky, quite soft vocal sound as he ranged from soprano pitches to bass ones, usually at lightning speed, singing without words. Glover's feet in hefty shoes seemed to have a life of their own, as even when he appeared to have stopped, they would be carrying on a quiet rhythm. The rest of the time he achieved extraordinary rhythmic patterns, often sustained over a long period and gathering intensity as he continued. Once in the middle and then at the close of that first quarter-hour, the two embraced with huge grins. Each gave solos as well, Glover with a backup band, and each added even more spectacular twists to his performance. McFerrin at one moment put his microphone to his neck and vocalized in octaves, while Glover spent a minute en pointe.

Posted by acapnews at March 16, 2004 8:26 AM


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