Laurel was a founding member of the Manhattan Transfer, singing with them until 1978. "Feather and Bone" is nothing like the four-part harmony style that the Manhattan Transfer popularized, but is rather more similar to Bobby McFerrin in his "Circle Songs" period, if comparisons must be made. Traditionals, vocal interpretations of Bach's cello suites, spirituals (including "Mother, It Is Night," sung with Dr Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey), are arranged and sung with the utmost simplicity and grace. Fiddle, bagpipes and frame drums guest on some tracks, augmenting the mood. Mostly solo voice, "Feather and Bone" embraces the earth's vitality in a way best described as meditative. This is a very special recording that grows in intensity with each listening.