Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Rocket Science

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Long-running jazzy jam band led by Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the original line-up (with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold) with this new, reinvigorated album of instrumental brilliance // Release: Rocket Science (Just out, Entertainment 1) // Sounds like: Where to start? As with all Fleck albums, we have the spirited improvisation melded with influences as varied as blues, pop, gypsy, folk, African and whatever eclectic and adventurous mindset the band is into at the time // Quote: "I didn’t want to just get together to play the old music. That’s not what the Flecktones are about. Everybody’s full of life and ideas and creativity. I was intrigued by what we could do that we had never done before." // What we like: there's just something special sixth-sense-wise going on here, a synching of creative mindsets that comes from a mix of the tried and true and the desire to push the envelope..."Gravity Lane" launches things nicely while "Prickly Pear" takes a bluesy harmonica riff and then dances all over it with inventive stop/start time-signatures...

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - "Prickly Pear" (from the album Rocket Science)