Bella Fleck

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  1. pypa

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    https://www.belafleck.com/home

    On a lark I went to his "My Bluegrass Heart" concert this past Friday. What a treat. He had 5 other musicians with him - each better than the next.

    the highlight was their fiddle player. Fleck did a great job of sharing the spotlight.

    anyway, if this bluegrass tour comes to your town, I highly recommend it.
     
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    He plays with the best musicians. Look for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and my favourite banjo/bass duo, Fleck with Edgar Meyer on Music for Two. His bluegrass/clawhammer banjo duets with his wife Abigail Washburn are pretty good too.



     
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    Lot's of good stuff going on in that whole "new grass", "jazz grass" mash up. "Left Of Cool" is a favorite of mine:

     
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    Awesome! I've seen him a few times. Did he have Sierra Hull (young lady with a mandolin) with him. It would be worth going to see her alone. Truly gifted musicians all the way around.
     
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    Yes! Sierra was there. She was fantastic; great voice and chops on the Mando.

    Justin Moses switched between slide guitar and fiddle like it was nothing.

    Bryan Sutton was good enough that I'd see a show just with him.

    But Michael Cleveland (for me) stole the show. That guy was magic on the fiddle. I did not realize until after the show that he is blind and 80% deaf in one ear. What's YOUR excuse?

    Jazz grass is right. I couldn't put my finger on how unique this was. I loved Bela's style. His fingers scream, but his personality is humble and cool. And I didn't realize but his name is pronounced "BAY-la".
     
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    He played Dublin about 10 years ago with the two Wooten brothers on drums and bass. Spent the gig trying to lift my jaw off the floor; quality, quality musicians.
     
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    Makes me want to post less and practice.....right away. :)
     
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    We've got tickets for this tour in November - band is Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton. Should be great!

    D.H.
     
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    Sam Bush works for me, just great!
     
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    Both Bela and Abby are patient and gracious in person as well. They came to our banjo collectors conference in Nashville 10 yrs ago to show his "Throw Down My Heart" video. They could have blown us all out...but refrained from picking and just enjoyed all the old crap we brought.

    And yes, I like just about everything he does. Started buying his albums in the 80s. Have seen them both live many times. Victor Wooten is astonishing...
     
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    Saw Bela Fleck many years ago with Victor Wooten as bass player. Incredible.
     
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    I've never seen him, and I don't have any of his music, but being a former die hard bluegrass fan, I'm very familiar with his music, and people like Tony Trishka. Fleck has a tune that get's played on a Toronto jazz station, 91.1, all the time (he does venture into jazz territory). It's called Sinister Minister. Love it!
     
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    Michael Cleveland is just over the top! What a show that must have been.
     
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    Bela and Abigail, make me wanna take back all the impolite things I've said about the banjo, over all these years. If only the typical banjo player were 5% as good as either of them.

    What to do, with musicians who are off the charts? Just listen and be quiet, I suppose!

    Just imagine, if all banjo players had the tone that Bela gets?
     
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    Here is Tony Rice and Co. absolutely tearing it up in 1988 ( I never saw this clip until recently, after Tony passed )
    Here we have some of the best players in the world, no hyperbole:

    Mark O'Connor ( fiddle), Sam Bush ( mando) Tony, Jerry Douglas ( Dobro), Bela Fleck ( banjo), and John Cowan ( bass, now a Doobie Brother!).
    * audience cameo- John Hartford, in disbelief



    - did get to see Bela and Co. in the :90's opening for Bonnie Raitt- wow!
     
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    Bela, Victor, and Future man are a ton of talent on stage.

     
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