Reviews of Naturally 7 @ Playboy Jazz Festival, The Hollywood Bowl

Ricky Richardson / EURweb, Electronic Urban Report – June 16, 2010

“I must admit that I was one of many who kept looking on stage for instruments during the performance of Naturally 7. The crowd and I were blown away with this acapella group’s ability to imitate actual instruments. They were excellent on “Waiting for Your Love,” “Come Together,” and their sensational YouTube hit/version of “I Can F eel It In the Air” by Phil Collins. Check out this video on YouTube. You will not believe what you are hearing and or seeing without instruments. Everyone of their CD’s that were on sale sold out at the CD booth on site. Quite naturally, pun intended.”

John Wareham / LA Weekly – June 15, 2010

“[…] then came Naturally 7, an a cappella group who not only sing, but vocalize the sounds of instruments without actually playing them. Each member of the seven man group uses their voice to imitate instruments such as trumpet, flute, scratching, bass, drums, etc. They also sing beautiful harmonies. When they started their set with their version of the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight,” the audience turned in amazement at what they heard. They continued to turn heads throughout their set: Warren Thomas (drums) and ‘Hops’ Hutton (bass) were so accurate in their reproduction of the low end, the building seemed to shake.”

Chris Barton / Los Angeles Times – June 14, 2010

“Also no strangers to viral video world, the a cappella group Naturally 7 later appeared with their signature cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Featuring a nice bit of subway-ready theater with each vocalist pantomiming live instruments as they replicated the sound of bass, drums, strings and — most impressively — electric guitar, the group had fans jumping with a mix of hip-hop, soul and funk delivered with a near-gospel fervor.”

Richard Chang / The Orange County Register – June 13/15, 2010

“The act that may have stolen the show Saturday was Naturally 7, an a cappella group from New York. Each of the seven members immitated an instrument with his vocals and microphone. Thus, you had horns, strings, guitars, a scratching DJ and the percussion kit, performed ably by Warren Thomas, without any bulky equipment.
Naturally 7 started its set with a hip-hop cover of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. The sounds coming from their mouths were incredible – together, they absolutely sounded like a jammin’ band with real instruments.
The seven powered through “Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Come Together” by the Beatles, “I Built this Wall” (an original, I suspect), and the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with gospel undertones. The “guitar” solo in the last song was nothing short of unbelievable.
Next, the group offered a cover of the Motown standard “Ready or Not.” At various turns, Naturally 7 sounded like a rock band, a hip-hop outfit, or a 1960s collection of soul and Motown hipsters. But was their music jazz? They did incorporate some jazz elements, like horns and improvisation. But it seemed Naturally 7 were on the borderline of jazz and many other types of music.”

Richard S. Ginell / Variety / All About Jazz – June

“Likewise, Naturally 7 takes the old idea of a vocal orchestra to a new level — spread out onstage like an electronic hybrid big-band/hip-hop unit.”

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