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Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Rocket Science
Entertainment One Music, May 10

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



But OK, at the very least we can say that Fleck is to banjo what Chick Corea is to piano, and that his original “throw-together” band is “back,” not that they ever strayed too far. Despite the “Flecktones” nym’s tendency to evoke some sort of alternative half-joke-band, the Flecktones’ trip is/was a sort of redneck-prog Return to Forever, space-shot stun-guitars replaced by Howard Levy’s (who’s been out of this band for 20 years ’til now) whiz-bang harmonica runs (as witnessed here in “Half Moon Bay”). This is a roots return of sorts for Fleck, providing listeners with a simultaneous dose of pure bluegrass and pure jazz fusion, unique stuff that’d serve as perfect backgrounding to long summer drives into the wilderness (it’s already stored in my car for that exact purpose). A —Eric W. Saeger





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