- 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000668BD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bela Fleck And The Flecktones: Live At The Quick [DVD]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This DVD is very hard to find in music stores in Indonesia, this is a great DVD and the i like this artist. I received this DVD just in time. Thank you.Published on 29 Jun. 2013 by anton purnomo hadi
Highly recommended, amazing concert with Flecktones and a few friends.
Good sound, good pictures and good camera work.
Do yourself a favor and get this gem.
I'll keep this brief. Bela Fleck is my no. 1 favourite living musician. This is him and others at their best. Read morePublished on 20 May 2011 by Jon Freeman
If you're at all a lover of music and the brilliance of individual musicians, then Live at the Quick will knock your socks off. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2011 by G. S. Gluck