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Fleck, Bela & The Flecktones / Rocket Science
Album:Rocket Science Collection:General
Artist:Fleck, Bela & The Flecktones Added:May 2011
Label:Entertainment One 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-09-04 Pull Date:2011-11-06 
Week Ending:Nov 6Oct 30Oct 23Oct 16Oct 9Oct 2Sep 25Sep 18

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 27, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Sep 9, 2011)
Life In Eleven
4.Oct 12, 2021:Traditions (rebroadcast from Mar 29, 2019)
Joyful Spring
2.Dec 09, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Sep 9, 2011)
Life In Eleven
5.Mar 29, 2019:Traditions
Joyful Spring
3.Dec 06, 2021:Wee Animalcules (rebroadcast from Sep 9, 2011)
Life In Eleven
6.Nov 17, 2015:That's Not Bluegraass
Falling Forward

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-08-30 
A masterpiece by an astonishing group of musicians. Bela & group continue to push their unique smashup of jazz, prog-grass, and world influences to new & dazzling heights.
After 20 years away, keyboard/harmonica player Howard Levy returns, replacing saxman Jeff Coffin. Levy’s harp tone—usually sweet and orchestral, rather than a bluesy honk—adds an ethnic-folkmusic feel to several tracks.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1. ** Pastoral theme. Terrific ensemble playing by everyone. Fast, spirited, joyful. (5:58)
2. * Blues harp and a funky bass are featured. Electric banjo sounds like a lead guitar. (3:50)
3. * Mid-tempo, lyrical, lovely. Almost classical sounding. Piano and banjo, played mandolin style, weave round each other. Sudden segue into #4. (2:40)
4. ** Orange Blossom-like harp. Add breakdown banjo, funky bass, jazz piano. Fast. (5:25)
5. * Jazz, with banjo as the guitar and harp as the sax. Fine bass solo. Moderate fast. (5:10)
6. * Folk-funk-fusion insanity. Harp is gypsy folk, banjo is electric, bass is like Jaco risen. (7:58)
7. By & featuring the bassist. Pretty folk-ish melody is explored by harp, banjo, bass. (4:42)
8. Strange start: strummed piano strings, growling bass. Morphs to an alt-grass thing. (7:58)
9. * Futureman on African percussion, bird sounds & the kitchen sink. (2:12)
10. *** Folk melody, modal improv? I dunno. Hebrew wedding dance on speed? Whatever! Tour de force on piano; Bela rocks it; bass player goes nuts. Fast! (5:56)
11. ** Pretty, pastoral folksong theme. Soulful harp and bass solos. Mid-tempo. (6:51)
12. ** Country feel especially from banjo and harp. Funky jazz bass though. Fast. (5:52)

Track Listing
1.Gravity Lane 7.Like Water
2.Prickly Pear 8.Earthling Parade
3.Joyful Spring 9.The Secret Drawer
4.Life In Eleven 10.Sweet Pomegranates
5.Falling Forward 11.Falani
6.Storm Warning 12.Bottle Rocket