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The little worlds that Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are visiting on this ambitious recording are the diverse musical environments that inform their own widely eclectic art. The banjo phenomenon and his daring band wrap their far-reaching imaginations around all manner of sounds here: bluegrass, ska, jazz, Celtic, blues, rock, rap, and classical all somehow find their place, nestling productively against each other. Guests include vocalist Bobby McFerrin "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," "What It Is," "Sleeper"; mandolinist Sam Bush "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," "Pineapple Heart,"; guitarist Derek Trucks "Centrifuge," "Pineapple Heart," "The Last Jam"; Nickel Creek "Line ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The little worlds that Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are visiting on this ambitious recording are the diverse musical environments that inform their own widely eclectic art. The banjo phenomenon and his daring band wrap their far-reaching imaginations around all manner of sounds here: bluegrass, ska, jazz, Celtic, blues, rock, rap, and classical all somehow find their place, nestling productively against each other. Guests include vocalist Bobby McFerrin "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," "What It Is," "Sleeper"; mandolinist Sam Bush "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," "Pineapple Heart,"; guitarist Derek Trucks "Centrifuge," "Pineapple Heart," "The Last Jam"; Nickel Creek "Line Dance"; the Chieftains "The Leaning Tower"; Dobro player Jerry Douglas "Poindexter," "The Last Jam"; and guitarist Bernie Williams "The Last Jam".The single-disc version, Ten from Little Worlds, brings fans the highlights at a special price.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Super-jazz freakout bluegrass picker Béla Fleck's broad three-CD concept album has ambitious intentions, but ultimately ends up feeling a bit scattered. The idea seems to have been to record an album that sounds like sitting in a car and flipping through radio stations -- hearing snippets of hip-hop, Chinese opera, Irish folk, Hawaiian ukulele, mid-'80s funk, and, of course, bluegrass and jazz, then expanding that experience out to three entire discs. If any group on the planet could pull this off, it could only be Fleck and his Flecktones, but the concept being as convoluted as it is makes for a rather uneven listen. The bright and jazzy "Puffy" neatly bridges the gap between contemporary jazz and new acoustic music, and tabla, Irish harp, and even theremin meld nicely on the genre-spanning "Sleeper." On the flip side, the bizarro hip-hop version of Flatt & Scruggs' "Ballad of Jed Clampett" never needed to be recorded, and many of the songs seem cluttered and over-tweaked, almost as if during production the band reasoned that the addition of more instruments and more synthesized sounds could only enhance the music. The addition of nearly everyone they knew -- including Bobby McFerrin, several of the Chieftains, Nickel Creek, and even the lady from the Chinese restaurant down the street -- only adds to the confusion. It seems as though Fleck will never run out of ideas, and taken one at a time, the majority of the songs have obvious merit, but as each of the songs drift from centuries-old Indian percussion into one of Future Man's synth-axe drumitar jams, it sounds a little too disjointed and almost "quirky for quirky's sake." "Say, what if we mixed digeridoo with an electric synth banjo?" "Well, OK...but only as long as I can have a gong solo!" Sorry fellas, but just because the instruments exist doesn't mean they all need to show up in the same song. Still, every note is impeccably played and pristinely recorded, and those Flecktones fans who like to pull apart their extremely technical pieces of music, analyze them, and put them back together will find hours of rabid discussion on Little Worlds. [Sony also released a stripped-down, ten-song version of the project called Ten From Little Worlds.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998635326
  • Catalog Number: 86353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:48)
  2. 2 Bil Mon (8:42)
  3. 3 Ballad of Jed Clampett (4:06)
  4. 4 Puffy (6:45)
  5. 5 New Math (6:58)
  6. 6 Longitude (3:04)
  7. 7 Latitude (5:04)
  8. 8 Centrifuge (2:05)
  9. 9 Off the Top (The Gravity Wheel) (4:54)
  10. 10 Off the Top (Line Dance) (9:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Fjords of Oslo (0:40)
  2. 2 Sherpa (5:20)
  3. 3 What It Is (3:41)
  4. 4 The Leaning Tower (6:05)
  5. 5 Mudslingers of the Milky Way (6:14)
  6. 6 Captive Delusions (3:54)
  7. 7 Costa Brava (8:22)
  8. 8 Poindexter (5:38)
  9. 9 Prequel (3:14)
  10. 10 Return of the Mudslingers (2:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Cave (1:35)
  2. 2 Next (5:56)
  3. 3 Pineapple Heart (5:05)
  4. 4 Snatchin' (4:46)
  5. 5 Reminiscence (5:33)
  6. 6 Sleeper (12:16)
  7. 7 Flunky (0:39)
  8. 8 The Last Jam (14:25)
  9. 9 [Untitled Hidden Track] (1:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Béla Fleck Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Banjo, Piano, Vocals, Electric Banjo, Synthesizer Banjo
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Derek Bell Irish Harp
Matt Molloy Flute
Sam Bush Mandolin
Bobby McFerrin Vocals
Seán Keane Fiddle
Jeff Coffin Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Human Whistle, Didjeridu, Whistle (Instrument), finger cymbals
Kevin Conneff Vocals, Bodhran
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone
Derek Trucks Electric Guitar
Joe Wooten Theremin
Victor Wooten Bass, Piano, Electric Bass, Cello, Keyboards, Fretless Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, 6-string bass, Soloist
Future Man Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Vocals, Cajon, Synthaxe
Matt Malloy Flute
Chris Thile Mandolin
Paul Brantley Cello
Sandip Burman Tabla
Sara Watkins Fiddle
Sean Watkins Guitar
Pamelia Kurstin Theremin
Bernie Williams Guitar
Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele
Ganesh Kumar Kanjira
Ganesh Chandram Kanjira
Subasch Chandram Vocals, Jaw Harp, Gatam
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Bobby McFerrin Composer
Jeff Coffin Composer
Béla Fleck Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Louie Fleck Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Talley Sherwood Engineer
Roy Wooten Composer
Victor Wooten Composer
Future Man Composer
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Richard Battaglia Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Paul Henning Composer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My God....

    I've only had the pleasure of seeing the Flecktones on stage once in my life, and hopefully it wont be the last. This is such an incredible band with extroadinary musicians. I got into them shortly after finding out that my favorite bassist, none other than Vic himself, was their bassist. Wooten's solo albums amazed me, and inspired me to play bass, while listening to the Flecktones inspired even more to keep playing the rest of my life. I bought Little Worlds a few days ago, and was shocked to find that it was 3 cd's...I knew I'd have a LOT to look foward too. Each CD is amazing, each and every song truly being in its own world with its own rules, as Béla says in the booklet. This Album is no doubt a MUST HAVE for any Flecktones fan, or any true fan of Jazz. You will not be dissapointed.

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