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Rocket Science [Import]

Bela Fleck, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: e1
  • ASIN: B004S699GI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Even though there hasn't been much of a member shake-up since the band's inception in 1988, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones have just released a brand new record featuring their classic lineup.
Fleck first united the Flecktones in 1988. The original members included Howard Levy, who played piano, harmonica, and ocarina, among other instruments; bass guitarist Victor Lemonte Wooten, and his brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten on the drumitar, an electronic drum shaped like a guitar.
The Flecktones recorded their eponymous debut album in 1990 and followed it up with "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo" (1991).
From the start, there was a special kinship between the four musicians, a bond forged in a mutual passion for creativity and artistic advancement. Two more breakthrough albums and a whole lot of live dates followed before Howard Levy decided to move on in late 1992.
The departure of pianist/harmonica player and founding member in 1992 left the band as a trio. They persevered, playing as a trio for years and with many special guests, before saxophonist Jeff Coffin joined the ensemble in 1998.
After the passing of Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore in 2008, Coffin took a hiatus from the band to help out the DMB camp, igniting the spark that brought Levy back to the fold in 2009.
Now, with the original lineup in place, the jazz fusion quartet's new album, "Rocket Science", is the first studio effort in 20 years that sees the incarnation of Bela Fleck, Howard Levy, and brothers Victor and Roy "Future Man" Wooten holding it down with their eclectic signature sound.
This reunion is not only a treat for fans, but for the band members as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 29 Jun 2013
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This cd is very hard to find in music stores in Indonesia, this is a great CD and the i like this artist. I received this CD just in time. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and virtuosity from the Flecktones 5 Jan 2012
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Nothing quite prepares you for the musical quirkiness,diversity and technical ability that marks out Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as a group worthy of every possible accolade.Bela Fleck is of course one of the best banjo players on the planet, but more then that, he is a true adventurer.He has managed to stretch the harmonic language and technical scope of what was previously thought possible or even desirable, for the banjo,so that he can fit comfortably into just about any conceivable musical setting.For me the standout musician in this masterful quartet is Howard Levey- his contributions on Harmonica as give the group an extra melodic dimension that helps give what ever he's playing over,greater substance and appeal.But there are no passengers in this group-all are virtuosos and all have a singular voice on their respective (and often exotic) instruments.

Mixing hints of jazz, with blues, folk, rock and what can only be loosely termed World Music,the album still has a central musical identity that is anchored around great band interplay and well developed compositional skills.The key words are 'fun' and 'adventure'. If this sounds like you, then this set defiantly deserves a listen.Given the nature of the music, it is necessary to give it time,especially if like me you are new to Bela and the boys.

I like this album as something to relax to,and because it has some rather nifty grooves and some very propulsive playing,it's very good for in-car entertainment as well. Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not sure yet 12 Jun 2011
By inkster
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I very much welcome the fact that Howard Levy is back on this one but am not sure I like this as much as I had expected.
The playing is good, but the writing appears entirely irrelevant to me at this point-I'll give it a few more spins and may revise this review accordingly.
The bass, although quite well played sounds either muddy or, as is the case on most cuts, like a hickup.
I also still think they could do with a "proper drummer or percussionist", but since that's not gonna happen, I guess, mr "future man" will do.
He is doing an ok job too, to my ear, but again nothing "special" or interesting as I hear whenever people such as jim black, joey baron, jack de' Johnette are sitting in the rhythm corner of any project they happen to be a part of, let alone their "own" bands. To me his parts do not sound well planned or reflected upon but random and often too busy.
Bela Fleck himself is on the ball but plays a lot of very well known licks and there is very little new stuff. Surprising and disappointing for a guy with such a comparatively large variety of projects under his belt
The mix too appears to sound a little dense; lacking "air and space".
A main "problem" for me however is that to my ear and after the first two times listening to this cd, the writing is lacking, and that to me is a real problem, especially in the case of a band who have had such a long time to really do something special. It feels stale when compared to the earlier flecktones albums which always managed to excite and still interest me.
Nonetheless, I think it's an ok effort and the fact that Levy is back really makes up for some of the above perceived negatives.
I hope they find back to form on future releases and I sure hope this is not the last from the original and to me, best lineup of the Flecktones.
I also hope that we won't be waiting for such a long time until the next one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The" flecktones sound 18 May 2011
By J. Andrew Howe - Published on
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I first found the Flecktones thanks to BMG cd club (remember those?) in college. Flight of the Cosmic Hippo was one of my random "hm this seems interesting" selections. That sound and musicality make Flecktones my favorite band over the ensuing 15+ years, as I snatched up all their music. Rocket Science hails back to their Flight of the Cosmic Hippo era origins. It is so refreshingly Flecktones (and that means original) that I've listened to this album 4 or 5 time already since purchasing. If you liked the early work of the Flecktones, you will devour this new album from Bela+Victor+Futureman. I recommend Rocket Science without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OG Flecktones 18 May 2011
By A. Swinney - Published on
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The Original Flecktones are back! Howard Levy rejoins the gang after nearly 20 years. With Jeff Coffin being out again on a limited $ummer DMB tour and his return questionable, Fleck-heads are being blessed with the return of The Man-with-2-Brains. The original fourth member, Howard Levy is back playing diatonic harmonica and piano (usually at the same time). Don't get me wrong, Jeff Coffin is great, but Howard always seemed to fit better with the other 'Tones. If you are familiar with the band's early recordings you will love this. If not, Rocket Science is one of their better entry level albums. For a band who defies the laws of physics as easily as the genres of music the do so in, I find it interesting that to show their uniform progression they had to take the band back in time. As someone who follows the band and the music of the individual members I am glad to say that you can hear the years they have been apart, all of the experiences are audible. They each bring new life to the music. But, most importantly it sounds like they had as much fun playing it as you will listening to it. Can't wait for the tour! Buy Now!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Levy returns 19 May 2011
By L. J. Rose - Published on
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Howard Levy is a good fit with the Flecktones, because he does the apparently impossible on harmonica, as do Fleck on banjo, Wooten on bass, and Future Man on whatever that thing is he plays. And while seeming impossible, it's fine and fun music. Great to have him back.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Musicianship 24 July 2011
By grady nubbins - Published on
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I have quite a lot of Bela Flecks CDs, both with the Flecktones and without. Some I really like, some I'm not a huge fan of. The one thing that I always looked for, even on the discs that I don't totally love, are the instrumental gems that really drop your jaw. There is no shortage of those moments on this effort.
Overall, I like the saxophone much better than the harmonica, but there is no denial of Howard's talent. Some of the harmonica playing on here is phenomenal and he's no slouch on the piano either. The overall feel on the disc is light and jazzy, with great interplay and really fantastic unison lines as well, much like in their last album Hidden Land. The songs are well formed and tightly played. The special guest star pop song phase has thankfully run its course, apparently. There is much to like here.
But what to really like? For me it was the song Sweet Pomegranates. This is a truly great song. Tonally, it is reminiscent of the great Avishai Cohen song Etude, but it is structurally different. It has a great old world feel to it. While the album overall is quite strong, this song is another standout piece that will definitely keep me coming back for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Wish there was a 5+ star option! 19 Jun 2011
By spaceace - Published on
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Rocket Science is an INCREDIBLE album. I own every Flecktone CD. And I've enjoyed every variation of the Flecktones as of yet. I play harmonica so I am biased toward the Levy years. Not only because I play harmonica but also because of the nature of the compositions. They are more structured and yet they are just as soulful (although the band explores the structure like master journeymen on tour). This is my favorite Flecktones album. It is remarkable that their chemistry remains as potent after 20 years apart. I have to say that it required several go-throughs before I could begin to fully appreciate it. My wife and kids bought me tickets to see them live at the Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire last week (Father's Day gift). They wove into the show nearly every song (not Earthling Parade)from this album. Have to say they sounded fresh and invigorated. The album is naturally chock-full of complex pieces, but again they bare their instrumental souls. Once you can conceptualize all the parts of "Earthling Parade" into one piece, it is beautiful--first to last note (a common experience with many of their songs). Levy's harmonica solo on "Gravity Lane" brings tears to my is POWERFUL (similar to his work on "the star spangled banner" years ago). Life in Eleven seems like an impossible feat everytime I hear it. Like Water reminds me of Half Moon Bay (one of my favorite songs) but is so original. Falani is a beautiful piece that reflects Celtic sounds. So melodic and meaningful. The live version I saw in Lebanon New Hampshire was brilliant. It was extremely organic. They added a fiddle player to the show. I was brought back to days when people existed in tribes and music was communal and relational and more meaningful. Victor's bass is as brilliant as ever. I am stunned that they pulled an album the rivals their last three and may be their best! My favorite songs: Earthling parade, Gravity Lane, Bottle Rocket, Life in Eleven, Falani, Like Water and Sweet Pomegranates. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing is all I can say. Thank you so much Bela Fleck and the Flecktones for releasing this album. I hope you are working toward another. Your music brings joy to my life and it is a source of relief when times are tough. Thanks Again.
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