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BÉLA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES

Bela Fleck and The Flecktones

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.52 | 4 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
3 stars What a nice idea, mix bluegrass and jazz fusion. Not that it hadn't been done before.

The music here is nice light fusion, mosly banjo oriented (which is expected, since banjo is what Bela Fleck plays). However, there is not much prog to these tracks. There is some progressive thinking, especially in the drums. Or lack of drums. Roy "Future Man" Wooten plays "drums" on a Synthaxe (like the one Allan Holdsworth is known for playing). The effect is rather incredible. At most times, it really almost sounds like a drummer is actually playing, and playing well. Roy's brother Victor also does a splendid job on bass.

But as noted above, the compositions are light, almost easy listening. And no prog, except for the final track, Tell It to the Gov'nor. But the sound was intriguing enough for me to check out their subsequent releases.

2.5 stars.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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