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Bela Fleck And The Flecktones: Live At The Quick [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Smv
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000668BD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast!!! 14 July 2004
I took a bit of a longshot when I bought this DVD, since I'd only ever heard one track before. I'm mainly into jazz and blues and thought this might slip in somewhere inbetween.
The first playing of the concert had me off the couch clapping and it simply had to be played again and again! The skill of the artists and guests is second to none and the whole concert was highly entertaining throughout.
Don't think about it - buy it!! You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious fun 25 Sep 2011
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On the face of it, a band that features a banjo, an oboe, steel pans, Indian percussion, a Heath-Robinson bass guiat-like device that replaces the drums and a bassoon whose sound is modified through a synth seems like a jazz fan's nightmare. The latter tracks also feature some Tibetan throat singing too. Only the accordeon is missing! However Bela Fleck and his cohorts manage to produce a hugely enjoyable concert where the bassist Victor Wooten and Brecker-esque tenor saxophonist Jeff Coffin serve to anchor the music more more of an obvious jazz feel. At best (such as tracks "Lover's Leap", "scratch & sniff", Oliver Nelson's "Hoedown"etc) the exercise manages to make the incongruous seem totally natural.

The music is pitched between the boundaries of contemporary jazz and fusion although the rock element is thankfully missing. Towards the end of the DVD, the presence of Congar ol'Ondar tends to make the concert drift a little towards World music. I must admit that Jeff Coffin is by far the most convincing soloist here and easily the least "Leftfield" despite appearing alongside Oregon veteran Paul McCandless. The best moments for me included the bassist's interaction with tabla player Sandip Burman where the music really starts to ignite. Fleck is something of a revelation. Flipping between an acoustic and electric banjo as well as a guitar towards the end, I have never heard any other musician be so expressive on this instrument and any predjudices you may have about the banjo can be safely set aside. A highlight is Fleck's reinterpretation of a Bach Prelude which is higely impressive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb band playing at their best. Incomparable. 27 Feb 2008
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This is a total favourite for me. Fleck fans will only need to know if it is up to usual standard and 5 stars plus live says that already. For the rest of you.....
Flecktones music is uncategorisable. A banjo player playing funk / jazz / fusion / ?? has to be heard. (If you think "I don't like banjo" put that aside - it's simply not like that) Some people say Victor Wootten is the greatest living bass player. Maybe right, maybe wrong, but certainly not unreasonable. You have to see Roy Wootten on the home-invented "synthaxedrumitar" to grasp what it is like when someone has a portable drum kit and synth slung over their shoulders and played at finger-tapping speed.
There are many others on this album, including a tabla player, a steel pan player, electric bassoon, a Tuvan throat singer, the Flecktones regular and excellent Sax player Jeff Coffin and an oboist. How do you blend all that? Easily it seems.
The music is complex, but not difficult to hear. Usually characterised by very strong rhythmic pulse (even if in strange time-signatures) and quick-fire interaction. But it's not just jazzy head-stuff. It is melodic warm, emotional and above all fun. If you like to see a bunch of musicians who REALLY enjoy what they do, then you should find this rings your bell.
For me, Bela Fleck is one of the greatest ever musicians, and I would claim very high standards. A virtuoso player who has redefined the possibilities of his instrument. A gifted and inventive composer. The ability to play in several genres and cross or synthesise or break ground in them all. I mean that he is up there with the best classical artists and the finest jazzers or rockers. At the level of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Maxim Vengerov, Oscar Peterson, Rostropovich..... He is also very good at attracting other top-class musicians and leading them in an ego-free way. You can see and hear the results on this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe i'm the first to write about this! 18 Sep 2007
Seriously, for other reviews of this, check out - that'll give you an idea of how great this DVD actually is. Some have said the editing lets this DVD down but its such a tiny flaw that I, and many others, can simply ignore it (well ok, the audience can be annoying). And the in-between interviews are brief, enjoyable and informative.
As for the music...Bluegrass/Fusion may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is the most professional, accessible, ego-less and overall fun example of the genre known to man. Then again, its the only example of the genre! How Bela and Co. can do something so radically different but so humane and resonant, and so easy to listen to is beyond explanation.
If you claim to love music, you owe yourself this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley brilliant! 15 Jan 2007
This is quite simply, brilliant. Fantastic playing, outstanding music played by virtuoso musicians - working together to produce a stomping concert, with more than a few surprises along the way.

It's captivating music and you won't be able to stop watching. It's wonderful to watch the playing, concentration and interplay between these guys.

It really doesn't matter what KIND of music you're into, if you like honest musicianship and music with integrity, then you WILL enjoy this!

Genuine, uplifting music - all too rare these days.
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