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Outbound gives Bela Fleck a chance to expand his musical palette. The Flecktones - featuring bass guitar wizard Victor Wooten, electric drummer "Future Man," and saxophonist Jeff Coffin -- are all here in their virtuosic glory, but so are vocalists Jon Anderson and Shawn Colvin, guitarist Adrian Belew, organist John Medeski, and steel pan player Andy Narrell, as well as additional strings and woodwinds. The result is an album that ranges freely among styles with splendid results. Surprise is Fleck's secret weapon. "A Moment So Close" opens with a hip-hop feel and then slips into a stick-in-your-craw pop chorus sung by Shawn Colvin; the tempo-shifting "Hall of Mirrors" ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Outbound gives Bela Fleck a chance to expand his musical palette. The Flecktones - featuring bass guitar wizard Victor Wooten, electric drummer "Future Man," and saxophonist Jeff Coffin -- are all here in their virtuosic glory, but so are vocalists Jon Anderson and Shawn Colvin, guitarist Adrian Belew, organist John Medeski, and steel pan player Andy Narrell, as well as additional strings and woodwinds. The result is an album that ranges freely among styles with splendid results. Surprise is Fleck's secret weapon. "A Moment So Close" opens with a hip-hop feel and then slips into a stick-in-your-craw pop chorus sung by Shawn Colvin; the tempo-shifting "Hall of Mirrors" unites light jazz, reggae, and Brazilian motifs; "Aimum" melds a George Michael-ish groove with, thanks to Fleck's banjo picking, country flavorings. This stylistic diversity gives the album constant hits of distinct pleasure. "Earth Jam" - featuring Belew's light-fingered guitar work -- has a fusion groove, while "Lover's Leap" finds room for hints of classical and European bistro strains and "Shuba Yatra" incorporates Indian inflections. And of course there's Fleck's remarkable playing adding stunning texture to virtually every track. Even when just lending tonal color, his artful way of blending within the music is quietly spectacular in itself.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After a decade with Warner Bros., Béla Fleck jumped to Sony's Columbia Records, signing a five-record deal that called for two releases on Sony Classical, a solo album, and two discs with his band the Flecktones of which Outbound is the first. It is a typically eclectic effort. For example, the Fleck original "Shuba Yatra" its title, he explains in the press materials, "is an Indian term that means taking a journey with a safe return" features a tabla player and Fleck on a "sitar banjo," an electrified instrument with a banjo head and a sitar bridge. Such instruments give the tune something of an Indian flavor, except that much of it is borrowed from traditional Irish music with a touch of South African rhythm. Such odd juxtapositions of instrumentation and style are typical not only from track to track but also within tracks. Fleck and his bandmates seem to view all styles of music as readily and randomly interchangeable, but sometimes, as with a colorblind person picking out clothes, the results clash or otherwise disturb, and the rest of the time they come off as flashy and insubstantial. Fleck really offers no defense to the charge of being a musical dilettante, he simply celebrates the surface pleasures of different varieties of music, offering an overlapping series of appetizers. A fan of any particular style is liable to feel that it has been trivialized, but Fleck doesn't mean any harm. His music represents the pursuit of facileness as a musical goal, one that he and his band achieve with alacrity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646217825
  • Catalog Number: 62178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:41)
  2. 2 Hoedown (4:54)
  3. 3 A Moment So Close (4:47)
  4. 4 Zona Mona (5:01)
  5. 5 Hall of Mirrors (4:54)
  6. 6 Earth Jam (5:55)
  7. 7 Something She Said (3:36)
  8. 8 Ovombo Summit (0:40)
  9. 9 Aimun (5:50)
  10. 10 Prelude (0:41)
  11. 11 Lover's Leap (4:16)
  12. 12 Outbound (4:52)
  13. 13 Scratch & Sniff (5:00)
  14. 14 Shuba Yatra (4:42)
  15. 15 That Old Thing (3:21)
  16. 16 Reprise (0:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Primary Artist
Béla Fleck Indexed Contributor, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Sitar, national steel guitar
Edgar Meyer Acoustic Bass
Jon Anderson Vocals
Adrian Belew Electric Guitar
Shawn Colvin Vocals
Andy Narell Steel Pan
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
Jeff Coffin Clarinet, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Davidson Violin
Paul Hanson Bassoon, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul McCandless English Horn, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone, Penny Whistle
John Medeski Organ
Future Man Synthesizer, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Sampling, Drums, Drumitar, Zendrum
Sandip Burman Tabla
Technical Credits
Adrian Belew overdub engineer
Jeff Coffin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Béla Fleck Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ken Latchney Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Future Man Composer
Richard Battaglia Engineer
Zach Newton Engineer
Tracy Hackney Engineer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eclectic to the Max

    Bela Fleck, always one for experimentation, goes all over the map for this CD. I heard Rock, Pop, R&B, Irish, African, Blues, Indian, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and probably more. The instrumentation on this one is lush--there is a lot going on and a lot of guest artists. But don't expect a folk ballad from guest singer Shawn Colvin--she blends right into the wildness. My favorite tracks were a Moment So Close, Something She Said, and Aimum, but all were good in their own way. The Flecktones always have a strong rhythmic base, with drummer ''Futureman'' and bass player Victor Wooten laying down some great grooves. Sax player Jeff Coffin also added some nice stuff to the mix. Folks that saw Bela touring with Dave Matthews will like this CD, as it has some of the same loose but catchy rhythms as a Dave Matthews project. My only complaint is that, with everything else going on, I couldn't hear enough of Bela and his banjo.

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