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Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2
     

The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2

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by Béla Fleck
 

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This version of the Acoustic Planet is a very bluegrassy one indeed, with four classics of the genre, including Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Special." And 14 original tunes. On these Tales, Fleck takes the opportunity to integrate his explorations into new age, jazz, and world music with traditional bluegrass. Celtic riffs enliven "Plunky's Lament," and

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This version of the Acoustic Planet is a very bluegrassy one indeed, with four classics of the genre, including Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Special." And 14 original tunes. On these Tales, Fleck takes the opportunity to integrate his explorations into new age, jazz, and world music with traditional bluegrass. Celtic riffs enliven "Plunky's Lament," and there's a string-band air to "The Overgrown Waltz," while jazz finds a home at "Spanish Point." The tight supporting ensemble includes Sam Bush on mandolin, Mark Schatz on bass, Dobro ace Jerry Douglas, and guitarist Tony Rice - all outstanding instrumentalists with their own solo careers -- attack tunes such as "Blue Mountain Hop," "Buffalo Nickel," and "Katmandu" with rough 'n' tumble energy. With this return to his native ground, Fleck solidifies his reputation as the banjo's foremost virtuoso.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As it turns out, the Tales From the Acoustic Planet albums are where Béla Fleck sounds the most comfortable in the '90s. As his jazz fusion records begin to sound played out, his acoustic experimentation and returns to straight-ahead bluegrass sound lively, vibrant, and fresh. As a matter of fact, The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2 feels like one of his finest albums, due in no small part to the caliber of supporting musicians. The core band consists of Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice, and Mark Schatz, while Vassar Clements, John Hartford, and Earl Scruggs all guest; it's a veritable who's-who of bluegrass. Fleck's idea was to record everything from the purest bluegrass to modern newgrass, giving his talented musicians the opportunity to explore every facet of their musical personality. Much of the album is devoted to Fleck originals, complimented by a handful of covers, none of which are predictable. The same can be said for the music: Even seasoned newgrass listeners will probably be surprised by some of the twists and turns here, while the sheer commitment and astonishing musicianship will win over traditionalists. But the true key to The Bluegrass Sessions is that even when it gets technical, it feels heartfelt, and the textures keep changing from song to song, enough to keep it interesting, even captivating, throughout 18 songs and 70 minutes. It had been easy to take Fleck for granted, but this record is a welcome reminder of what a talented and unique musician he is.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624733225
catalogNumber:
47332
Rank:
49750

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck   Primary Artist,Banjo
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Tony Rice   Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Hartford   Banjo
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Vince Gill   Vocals
Bob Mater   Drums
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Tim O'Brien   Vocals
Larry Paxton   Tuba
Mark Schatz   Bass Fiddle

Technical Credits

Béla Fleck   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Garrett Rittenberry   Art Direction
Richard Battaglia   Engineer

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The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I am at a loss to explain this review. I want to be positive. The sound, playing, and level of commitment of the players are all there but it just does not grab me. I find my attention wandering.I am glad to own it but, for some reason, it and I do not connect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago