It is literally impossible to have a miss with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Multi Grammy award winner Béla Fleck doesn't disappoint on his latest release "Rocket Science". Reconvening the original Flecktones, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck,
bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ drumitarist Roy Futureman Wooten. But don't think this release is a rehash of their earlier works, instead it is some of the most forward thinking music of their career. Influenced by classical, jazz, bluegrass and African music the result is
truly a sound all their own,
" I didn t want to just get together to play the old music," Fleck says. "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."
If you are familiar with the band's early recordings you will love this. If not, Rocket Science is one of their better entry level albums. For a band who defies the laws of physics as easily as the genres of music the do so in, I find it interesting that to show their uniform progression they had to take the band back in time. The recording is fantastic, with a live soundstage and deep lows and crystal highs. It really seems that they had a great time recording it and the listener will most likely find this release to be very enjoyable. Look out for their tour!
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.