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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B007TKBEJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Some Roads Lead Home
  2. I'm Gonna Tell You This Story One More Time
  3. Across the Imaginary Divide
  4. Let Me Show You What to Do
  5. Petunia
  6. Topaika
  7. One Blue Truth
  8. Let's Go
  9. Kalimba
  10. The Sunshine And The Moonlight
  11. That Old Thing
  12. That Ragtime Feeling

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'Across the Imaginary Divide' is a compelling collaboration between banjo player Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio. Bela Fleck is regarded as one of the most innovative and technically proficient banjo players in the world and has made dozens of recordings ranging from bluegrass, folk, classical, jazz to world music. This outing however, is definitely a jazz album - it may be difficult to imagine a swinging banjo, but Fleck really makes it happen on all 12 of the tracks written by Marcus Roberts and himself.

The project came together following a chance meeting at the Savannah Music Festival that Bela was attending as a fan of Marcus. He was soon invited on stage and following a successful jam, a concert at the same festival was arranged a year later and that progressed into a recording session and 'Across the Imaginary Divide'.

The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style - a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic, and filled with dynamic contrast. The group was founded in 1995, and they are known around the world for their signature trio style. Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. He has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.

Personnel: Béla Fleck (banjo), Marcus Roberts (piano), Rodney Jordan (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ed3c504) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e91618c) out of 5 stars Classic Jazz Trio format + Bela = Tribute to Past while pushing Boundaries 9 Jun. 2012
By sprint - Published on Amazon.com
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This one is a real gem- it tastes a lot like one of my all-time favorite albums, "Tales from the Acoustic Planet" #1 -with the added bonus of placing a serious emphasis on contemporary jazz. I think Bill Evans, Scott Lafaro, Paul Motian and Oscar Peterson would have loved this --and probably would have loved to jump in on at least a tune or two themselves if they could. All tracks are great and my favorites are One Blue Truth, Let's Go and That Ragtime Feeling. While I've always respected and admired Chick Corea, his energy level was always a little too much on the frenetic side for my personal tastes. The Marcus Roberts trio captures the essence of the earlier master trios- my only minor gripe is that I wish this album had made more of an effort to spotlight the efforts of the rhythm section like the earlier groups did. Rodney and Jason do a great job on bass & drums, respectively, but I suspect they could blow even more-to the same degree as, say, Max Roach or Ray Brown, if given the opportunity. Hey Bela-- please find Sonny Rollins and collaborate with him asap--that would be soooo cool!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eb73228) out of 5 stars This is the Music We Might Make Together 21 Aug. 2012
By a gentle sound - Published on Amazon.com
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(When I try to review products I attempt to think of a way to convey it in the spirit of my response. Please move on if you need or want a technical review, plus push the buttons on here and sample this)

I think of this CD this way. Imagine I had some reasonable musical talent. In blue grass violin and mandolin. An aesthetic. Then side by side place this guy, who will remain un-named, who has considerable skill say in jazz piano. But we are intrigued with one-having met- though we don't understand one another. We don't even take turns exceptionally well when we are showing off our skills. We just sort of play, taking an idea, ora flight as we respond to another. Sometimes we are so steeped in our own thoughts it's as if two different things were going on at the same time, but often times it's as if we were oddly talking in musical codes. (Maybe ones neither tries to understand.
That is how this work strikes me. An enchanting affair, where neither person fully sees the other, maybe, but invent lovely music together partial because neither feared putting it out there-and the talent factor.

My favorite is Across the Imaginary Divide.

I've been calling it Jazz-grass and I prefer that to any other category- because it pretty much describes the state of being. I'd try it if I were you...but again, hit the sample buttons and see if you are feelin it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eee7510) out of 5 stars Another great collaboration 7 Jun. 2012
By Todd J Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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The playing by everyone on this album is superb. Many people don't realize that the banjo has a long history in jazz, and Bela showcases this very well on the album. This is a fun album for both jazz and Bela fans. It's something fresh and new and executed perfectly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed3927c) out of 5 stars Banjo and Piano together could not be better with two masters 26 July 2012
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Unfortunately I am a little biased as I have followed Marcus Roberts since the first time I met him outside a Florida State University piano practice room 30 years ago when I accidentally heard him playing as I walked past the room after some of my own practice time in an adjacent room and where I had been listening outside the door to what I thought at the time was pure virtuosity. Little did I know at the time that he was blind. OK, I will try to be objective. Combining the style and virtuosity of Bela Fleck with Marcus's skills resulted in a unique, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable CD. Clearly you can hear Marcus' style shine through in songs like "Some Roads Lead Home" while "Lets Go" shows just how compatible these two masters are at playing together. You'll hear Bela's style shine through on songs like "Kalimba" or Marcus' style as he leads with "That Ragtime Feeling". Add to all of this is what I would consider as two of the best side men in the business - Jason Marsalis on drums and bassist Rodney Jordon - there is no one hotter on bass and drums - truly, these two guys make the music - they are incredible musicians. My only wish would be to see more CD's being realized in the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eeec234) out of 5 stars Outstanding 4 Nov. 2012
By Steve Gathje - Published on Amazon.com
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I attended a live performance of Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio. It was a wonderful experience and this CD captures the depth and beauty of their music.
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