Live at the Quick

Live at the Quick

by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972379425
catalogNumber: 723794

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones   Primary Artist
Andy Narell   Keyboards,Steel Pan
Jeff Coffin   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Banjo,Synthesizer Banjo
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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Live at the Quick 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.