Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are hands down one of the finest group of musicians performing today. Their style is a unique blend of bluegrass, jazz, and funk. Each band member has inovative material under his belt OUTSIDE of the group.
Bassist Victor Wooten is a virtuoso in his own right. Wikipeida states that he is referred to as the “Michael Jordan” of Bass. Victor has a number of solo CDs worth checking out. He seems so relaxed when he plays, it looks like he is going to fall asleep, though his fingers move at warp speed.
Wooten’s achievements include:
- Two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist Of The Year
- The only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s Bass Player Of The Year
Roy “Future Man” Wooten, Victor’s brother, is an inventor/musician. The Synthax Drumitar– a guitar-like instrument that produces drum sounds and the RoyEl- a piano-like instrument that has keys set up like the periodic table of elements are both instruments in which Future Man plays with the Flecktones.
He also plays an interesting minimalist drum kit. Listening to him play acoustically, you would never know that he had so few percussive sounds at his disposal.
Jeff Coffin, the newest member of the Flecktones, is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his saxophone playing. He also plays the flute. Once when I saw him, he played two saxophones at the same time! I find the music of the Flecktones to be much better since 1997 when Coffin joined the group.
Last but not least is Bela Fleck. Fleck is considered to be among the best banjo players ever. He can do amazing things on that instrument. The styles that he plays include classical, jazz, and bluegrass. His awards, achievements, and musical groups are too numerous to mention on this blog. Though you can read wikipedia’s entry about him.
Back to the Flecktones…last friday, instead of going to work, I was a slacker (yes, Bela Fleck was actually wearing a slacker shirt) and went to XPN‘s free at noon concert with live performance by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. I am sorry you were unable to join me in attendance, however you can relive the memories via this link of a streaming, unedited recording of the performance. At about 52:30 into the broadcast, Bela Fleck performs a stunning solo piece by Bach. If you are short on time and want a mere tasting of the Flecktones , here is a clip of the Flecktones on Late night with Conan O’Brian.
Man that was a long entry… Well, at least you’ll have some great music to listen to on a Monday. Enjoy!
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