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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Grammy-nominated in contemporary jazz, pop instrumental, and country instrumental for 2000's Outbound, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones comprise a unit of virtuosos that resists category. On the simultaneous CD/DVD release Live at the Quick, they offer an interactive, always melodic multicultural banquet, alternating tightly structured passages and no-holds-barred jams, incorporating grooves and scales from funk, bluegrass, and progressive rock; Indian, Near Eastern, and African music; and even bebop and Bach. Joining the core unit of alpha dogs Fleck, banjo and banjo derivatives; Jeff Coffin, sax and clarinet; Victor Wooten, electric bass; Roy "Futureman" Wooten, drums and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Grammy-nominated in contemporary jazz, pop instrumental, and country instrumental for 2000's Outbound, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones comprise a unit of virtuosos that resists category. On the simultaneous CD/DVD release Live at the Quick, they offer an interactive, always melodic multicultural banquet, alternating tightly structured passages and no-holds-barred jams, incorporating grooves and scales from funk, bluegrass, and progressive rock; Indian, Near Eastern, and African music; and even bebop and Bach. Joining the core unit of alpha dogs Fleck, banjo and banjo derivatives; Jeff Coffin, sax and clarinet; Victor Wooten, electric bass; Roy "Futureman" Wooten, drums and synth-percussion are winds player Paul McCandless, synth-bassoonist Paul Hansen, keyboard/steel pan whiz Andy Narrell, tabla master Sandip Burman, and tuvan throat singer Congar ol'Ondar. Fleck is unmistakably the leader of the pack, imparting organic structure to what could easily be a big mess through the strength of his tonal personality. An old hand at blending virtuosity and entertainment, he uses the diverse conceptual interests of his crew to frame his sound, making complex formulations go down as easy as rhubarb pie.
All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Anyone who saw the Flecktones in their early days probably told you that it was an amazing experience, and a big part of that praise undoubtedly focused on the group's improvised jams. With Victor Wooten sometimes playing two basses simultaneously and Fleck wandering through the audience picking cosmic banjo lines, their shows were spectacles to be enjoyed for the simple thrill of hearing virtuosos play music that was mind-boggling but somehow utterly accessible. It's sad, then, that the group's live albums, while preserving the energy, have never quite captured the humor of those early shows. Many fans could relay stories of Fleck and Wooten's astounding call-and-response duels, which could incorporate anything from Tchaikovsky to full-throttle bluegrass breakdowns. The rapport was hilarious, and it endeared people to a group who might otherwise go down as whimsical showoffs. However, while the old shows may be legendary, the new ones aren't bad either, and the above isn't meant to say that Live at the Quick is a bad album; actually, there's plenty of stuff that Flecktones fans love, including Wooten's now-trademark arrangement of "Amazing Grace" and a Bach "Prelude" from Fleck's classical music projects. The concert was recorded with the Flecktone Big Band and features guest appearances from Paul McCandless, Andy Narell, Paul Hansen, tabla player Sandip Burman, and Tuvan throat singer Congar ol'Ondar. All that makes Live at the Quick the band's most diverse record yet, and fans of Fleck's post-Acoustic Planet work will be amply rewarded.
Jazz Times
Live at the Quick is sure to delight the Flecktones faithful while showing the uninitiated what they've been missing.

Live at the Quick is sure to delight the Flecktones faithful while showing the uninitiated what they've been missing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972379425
  • Catalog Number: 723794
  • Sales rank: 14,440

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Primary Artist
Béla Fleck Indexed Contributor, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Banjo, Synthesizer Banjo
Andy Narell Keyboards, Steel Pan
Jeff Coffin Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Hanson Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone
Paul McCandless English Horn, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Penny Whistle, Sax (Sopranino)
Future Man Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Cajon, Synthaxe
Sandip Burman Tabla
Technical Credits
Edgar Meyer Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Béla Fleck Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Zach Newton Monitor Engineer, Stage Manager
George Bates Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Big Band Flecktones

    Bela and his Flecktones really shine as a unit on this release. There is little evidence of his bluegrass roots. Some of the quirks (a throat singer?) impede the flow but not seriously. When the players jam together they sound like a contender for the best improvised music unit in popular music. Play this beside the earlier Live Art and you have an idea of the range of this great group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible multi-phonic jazz ensemble

    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are by far the most incredible diamonds in the rough. I was amazed and in awe when I heard the multitude of riffs and jams within each piece. Listening to the CD is even more appreciated after watching the DVD of this concert. I would recommend this CD and DVD to anyone with an appreciation for music. I have my uncle to thank for showing me the light. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have become a regular in my vehicle and at home.

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