Saturday, April 6, 2013

A-Z Challenge: Flecktone

Ever heard of a Flecktone?

Well, you should.  Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are an incredible group of musicians.  They are almost beyond description, at least in simple terms.  They are jazzy, but not a jazz band.  They are classically influence, but not classical.  They are funky, but not funkadelic.

They are awesome.

Bela Fleck is an banjo virtuoso, who can fire off the Beverly Hillbillies theme (he did the theme in the movie version, which is the only decent part) and then transition to Bach...and make it seem natural.

The Flecktones are Victor and Roy Wooten, and other musicians join them.  Victor plays bass, and is an absolute master (NOTE: I also play bass.  Not as good as Victor, but I don't suck.)  His brother Roy plays the synth-axe drumitar.  Basically, it's a drum machine that is somewhat, but not completely, shaped like a guitar.

I imagine many of you readers (NOTE: Ha!  There's only like 6 of you...) have not heard of, or more importantly, heard Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.  I implore you, because implore sounds like a very important word, to click the video below and treat yourself to some sonic wonder.  I'm listening to it right now...


Or jump right to Part II, which begins with the Victor Wooten bass solo:



3 comments:

D.G. Hudson said...

Hubs has heard of these guys. Interesting. I must spend too much time in the study.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's the mark of a true musician.

Rick Daley said...

I saw them live back in the early 90s, they introduced Victor as their "secret weapon." I love the way they blend styles, it's the ultimate fusion.