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.
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Performance CreditsBéla 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 CreditsEdgar Meyer Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Béla Fleck Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Zach Newton Monitor Engineer,Stage Manager
George Bates Illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Live at the Quick based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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.