The Bläck Fööss are a music group from Cologne, Germany, started in 1970. The band's style of music is a cross between Schlager and pop, but they also perform songs with jazz, blues, rock and reggae styles. The group is famous for its lead singer's a cappella singing. Many of the band's songs are popular carnival songs, while others are covers of bands such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Beatles, Hollies or Willi Ostermann.
Sixteenth-century Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero is featured in a reissued disc of motets for four, five, six, eight and 12 voices, with and without instruments. They come from a handful of collections published between 1555 and 1597 and show Guerrero’s skill in evoking a wide range of moods, joyful, sombre and contemplative in turn. Jordi Savall’s ensemble is well-equipped to project the skilfully wrought structures and expressive allure of the music. Some of the pieces fare better than others in respect of vocal texture and ensemble. Tenors and basses occasionally lack tonal refinement but, at their strongest the performances provide a radiant conspectus of Guerrero’s masterly motets.
ZAPPA'S UNIVERSE–a tribute to the work of the guitarist-composer, who was too ill to attend–contains the first recorded live version of "Jazz Discharge Party Hats," the first recorded live instrumental version of "Nite School," the first recorded dual-vocal group version of "Elvis Has Just Left The Building" and the first recorded a capella versions of "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing" and "Heavenly Bank Account." "Sofa" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Rock Instrumental Performance."