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Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the ... Read more in Amazon's Bela Fleck Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B00000JC6D
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Béla Fleck, the banjo-wizard leader of the fringe-jazz quartet the Flecktones, returns to more-bluegrass-oriented concerns with this 18-song outing, a complement to 1988's Drive and a more-traditional follow-up to 1995's fusion-leaning Tales from the Acoustic Planet. Most of these songs are instrumentals boasting Drive's core group of Sam Bush on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Tony Rice on guitar, Jerry Douglas on Dobro, and bassist Mark Schatz; they're augmented in spots by fine guest players such as Vassar Clements, John Hartford, and the incomparable banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs. Fleck's spidery, tasteful plucking style lends originals like "Major Honker" and "Katmandu" an ever-so-slightly offbeat air, while he gives classics like Scruggs's "Foggy Mountain Special" and "Polka on the Banjo" traditional readings that wouldn't be out of place at the Opry. Flecktones fans will find much to like in Fleck's rootsy playing, and so will bluegrass purists. --Gregory McNamee

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Acoustic music is becoming increasingly popular and this is mainly down to innovative instrumentalists like Bela Fleck who constantly push the boundaries while still managing to remain rooted in musical tradition.My review title was deliberately chosen as this is an obvious collaboration of "friends" who love playing together and who bounce ideas off each other in a seemingly endless stream of inspiration.

This is a similar line-up to the sextet which recorded "Drive" in 1988 (another 5-star release)but the extra 10 or so years has resulted in an even broader based canvas on which to paint these sound pictures.This CD is more roots-based than the highly acclaimed "Telluride Sessions" made with many of the same players and features a couple of straight bluegrass tunes - Polka on the Banjo (with the dream team harmonies of Ricky Skaggs, Tim O'Brien and Vince Gill) and "Foggy Mountain Special" which featurers Earl Scruggs.

The album is mainly instrumental with a wide variety of styles including a couple of nice waltz tempos.Some intros are pensive preambles before the rhythm kicks in while there are classical constructions in some of the contrasting sections (especially in "When Joy kills Sorrow" - which is musically what happens !)Fleck is a most democratic band leader as the majority of these tunes are stretched out by the individual members all adding their improvised parts and turning each piece into a lively conversation with many contributors.Fleck even adds an Irish trad touch with "Maura on a Bicycle" There are too many highlights to mention but Sam Bush deserves special mention for his playing and drive while Jerry Douglas and Tony Rice are as wonderful as ever.
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I ran across Bela Fleck by accident, and what a lucky accident it was. I have never heard anyone play any instrument with more ability, enthusiasm, and feeling. Wonderfuly enjoyable.
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By D. Spencer on 24 Jan. 2014
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This cd is a delight. The pieces on it complement each other beautifully; the playing is flawless and energetic, subtle and soulful, and uplifting in the way that perhaps only folk music can be.
I love it and recommend it unreservedly.
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By Mark on 23 July 2012
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I don't listen to banjo or fiddle or bluegrass often but on the occasion it's nice change. This album, which I also own on DVD Audio back at my other house, has some really cool tracks. There are even one or two that you can use as a reference song to show off your system to friends.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Make Room In Your Heart For the 5-String Banjo 1 April 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a joy from start to finish. As much as I enjoy the innovative work Bela Fleck has done in the past decade with the Flecktones and pushing the boundaries for the banjo as a lead instrument outside the context of bluegrass music, I have always had a passion for straight ahead bluegrass music. Over the past twenty-plus years, Fleck as earned the right to be mentioned in the same company as Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Tony Trischka as a pioneer of the banjo. Beginning with his formative years alongside mandolinist Jack Tottle in Tasty Licks to joining Sam Bush and John Cowan in the Newgrass Revival, Fleck has showed impeccable taste in his playing.
On The Bluegrass Sessions, Fleck has collected a virtual Who's Who of bluegrass superstars: Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and a guest performance by Scruggs himself. But don't be misled by the album title. There are a only a handful of songs that might qualify as traditional bluegrass--"Blue Mountain Hop," "Polka on the Banjo" (the only vocal--provided by John Hartford), "Ode to Earl," "Home Sweet Home" and "Foggy Mountain Special"--most of the album mines a new acoustic groove which melds bluegrass and jazz into a fusion long championed by Tony Rice and David Grisman. [In fact, in his liner notes Fleck recommends several albums including Rice's Manzanita and Grisman's The David Grisman Rounder Album.]
This is a wonderful collection and an excellent companion to Tales from the Acoustic Planet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The king of phrases 3 Sept. 1999
By D. Earls - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I haven't missed a Bela in nearly 10 years now. I'm struck by the studied simplicity of Fleck's recordings. They sound just down-home simple until you begin to listen closely. Then you hear things that aren't so simple.
First, of course, is what you don't hear. You don't hear a single missed note, an unsubtle nuance, a line without shape. Unlike so much of post newgrass where speed is king, Fleck's recordings emphasize each musician's talents at phrasing. The masters of bluegrass phrasing are here: Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Vasser Clements, and, of course, Bela. Tony Rice reminds us why you don't need percussion in true bluegrass.
Second, you appreciate how intricately worked out these little pieces are. Take _When Joy Kills Sorrow_, for example. You have a drone, one-note bowed upright bass in the exposition (from the 12th century), you have chromatic modulations (jazz) which always resolve on the dominant or tonic (Baroque), and you get that canon (I lost count at six voices). Henry Purcell would have been thrilled to write that in 1690.
Laying over it all is Bela's gentle touch and tone. With such good humor, how can you not smile? A worthy successor to Drive. I only miss two things: the Mark Fox graphics on the Flecktones cover days, and Mark O'Conner not stopping by.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
One of Bela's best 23 Nov. 2000
By "ragamala78" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the one of the finest albums Bela Fleck has released in a long time ("Live Art" being the other finest in recent memory.)
First of all, it boasts an amazing guest roster including: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice, Mark Schatz, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Ricky Skaggs & more!
Not all of these people appear on every song, but what a dream lineup! (The only person missing is Del McCoury!)
"Tales from the Acoustic Planet 2" has a little taste of everything Fleck is known for. It has some solo banjo "Clarinet Polka", some more pensive slow numbers like "Over Grown Waltz", a little taste of the east "Katmandu", old-timey "Polka on the Banjo" and the downright weird "Do You Have Room?"
From the sentimental to the sublime and from the frentic to the silly...this disc amply displays why Fleck will go down in history as one of the most innovative artists of all time. He has completely deconstructed the notion of what one can do with a banjo all while having total mastery over its more traditional use. He can do it all: traditional bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, avante-garde, Asian folk music, and the list goes on.
Eventhough Bela Fleck's name is on the record, this isn't just his recording. Jerry Douglas' dobro (as always) is a welcome addition to the mix, and Sam Bush steps out for more than one nice mandolin solo. "Katmandu" showcases some of Fleck's more original ideas and "Blue Mountain Hop" shows that unique ability to take an interesting idea gleaned elsewhere to its most amazing possibilities.
I've always found Bela Fleck albums hard to review (which I believe is quite a good sign.) Pick this one up, you won't be sorry.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Simply amazing 4 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Bluegrass Sessions is without a doubt one of the best bluegrass albums ever made. It is true that this is not straight traditional bluegrass; there are no vocals (except for "Polka on the Banjo" and the annoying interlude, "is there room in your heart") and the progressions and melodies go far beyond the usual 1,4,5. I have several friends who were converted into being bluegrass lovers because of this album. The musicianship is first-rate with each musician among the best in the field. I am particularly touched by Jerry Douglas' playing (Katmandu, Spanish Point). Of course all of the players exhibit unreal talent on this album, particularly in the rhythm section (has anybody tried to play rhythm like Tony Rice or Sam Bush? There may be other players who can top these guys in solos (maybe not Tony, but check out Chris Thiele from Nickel Creek to see who's boss on the mandolin) but nobody can touch them rhythmically). Basically, this album will take your breath away from the start; anyone with a good ear can tell that this album is golden.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Bela I Love to Hear 29 Nov. 2001
By Gary Popovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ever since his days as a teen-age banjo-picking phenom/enfant terrible, Bela Fleck has at the center of the newgrass vs. traditional bluegrass storm. He has taken the 5-string banjo to places heretofore unknown - bebop, rock, classical, and his unique musical vision that is The Flecktones. When Fleck applies his astonishing technique and compositional skills in a purely acoustic setting, it's a cause for celebration.
Such is the case with "Tales From the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2." Bela assembles a terrific supporting band - Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, old Tasty Licks buddy Mark Schatz, and the underrated Stewart Duncan - that delivers driving, haunting bluegrass music. I don't listen to this CD every day, but it's impossible for me to go through a day without "Buffalo Nickel" and "When Joy Kills Sorrow" running through my mind. At its best, the ensemble playing approaches that of "Strength in Numbers, with the exception of having Bela more out in front. Certainly there's nothing wrong with that. Bela also takes time to duet with Earl Scruggs on Earl's "Foggy Mountain Special" - this turns out to be great fun for both of these 5-string masters.
Still, this wouldn't be a Bela Fleck CD without some non-"grass" musical exploration; thus the inclusion of "Polka on the Banjo" (the only vocal, warmly and humourously delivered by the late John Hartford)and the truly remarkable "Clarinet Polka".
In my humble view, this is Bela's finest effort. Hope you agree.
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