Bela Fleck - Rocket ScienceAchieving a miss with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is virtually implausible. The latest release, "Rocket Science," by the multi-Grammy award-winning Béla Fleck lives up to expectations. Reuniting the original Flecktones, the exceptional founding lineup showcases the extraordinary talent within this remarkable ensemble. "Rocket Science" marks the first recording by the original quartet of Flecktones in nearly two decades, featuring the return of pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/drumitarist Roy Futureman Wooten. However, this release is far from a mere rehash of their earlier works; instead, it represents some of the most innovative music in their career.

Influenced by classical, jazz, bluegrass, and African music, the result is a truly distinctive sound. Béla Fleck emphasizes, "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."

For those familiar with the band's early recordings, "Rocket Science" is a delightful experience. For newcomers, it serves as an excellent entry point into the band's discography. Despite defying both the laws of physics and musical genres, the band intriguingly chose to revisit their roots to showcase their cohesive progression. The recording is exceptional, capturing a live soundstage with deep lows and resilient highs, reflecting the evident enjoyment the musicians had during the recording process. Listeners are likely to find this release highly enjoyable.

Released June 3, 2011.


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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 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.


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