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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000BUXUU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have wowed audiences for years and pioneered a genre all their own, mixing virtuosic musicianship with experimental, bluegrass, jazz, and pop influences. With their new album, The Hidden Land Fleck, along with bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist Future Man, and saxophonist Jeff Coffin, mark a stripped down and explosive return to their roots, and a new creative peak. Sony. 2006.

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Banjo player Bela Fleck has a world-class set of chops and a willingness to follow his muse wherever it takes him. The band ranges far and wide once again on the The Hidden Land ­ it opens with a Bach Fugue, delves into swing, has a bit of bluegrass, does progressive rock, and jets to several other locales. But the everything-and-the-kitchen sink concept is still considerable more streamlined than 2003's Little Worlds, an overproduced and under-focused three-CD set. Highlights here include Fleck's pickin' on a progressive country stomp called "Weed Whacker" and the playful "Couch Potato," which has a hyper edge that doesn't match the sedentary implications of the title. The band's telepathic interaction is highlighted on the Middle East-influenced "Chennai," ­where musical lines are played in unison or tossed back and forth, making the song crackle with energy. The broad aesthetic and restless sonic changes might be a bit much for some, but a patient survey of this album will be rewarded. ­--Tad Hendrickson

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By OH Packerfan on February 16, 2006
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This is one for longtime Flecktones fans. The last few efforts have been so overladen with guest appearances that the 'tones themselves have been buried in the mix. While that approach yielded a few winners (eg, Hoedown from Outbound; Off the Top, a collaboration with Nickel Creek, from the 3 disk orgy that was Little Worlds), those disks were more typically characterized by their excess, filler, and some positively unlistenable tracks (more than half of Little Worlds). The worst aspect of each was that the 'tones themselves seemed nowhere to be found.

With The Hidden Land, the 'tones come a long way back to their roots, while still moving forward into new realms. This is an organic 'tones, with NO guest appearances. Everything you hear is the 'tones, & only the 'tones. The disk kicks off with the classical "Fugue...", and segues effortlessly into the more traditionally jazzy P'lod in the House without skipping a beat. "labyrinth" & "Kaleidescope" offer each of the members a chance to strut their stuff. Fleck has always been the most generous of leadmen, allowing all band members ample time in the spotlight. The quiet, sepia-tinged "Who's Got Three?" has been a staple of live shows for at least 7 years. "Weed Whacker" rocks out behind Victor's bass. "Chennai" follows the Flecktones longtime fascination with Eastern music, particularly the music of Mongolian throat singers. Here, both Futch & Jeff take a crack at throat singing, to great effect. A few of the tracks are mellow to the point that some might criticize them as modern elevator music (for me, most of Jeff Coffin's flute playing, e.g., Roccoco, comes off that way). The disk closes with Fleck's traditional bluegrass banjo playing on "whistle tune".

This disk probably will not win the Flecktones new fans, but for those of us who have been following them since their inception in 1990, and following Bela since 1979, this is a wonderful, if understated, return to form. Thanks, Bela.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bryan D. Kindt on February 14, 2006
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I have been listening to the flecktones since the early 90's, following everything they did as a group and as individuals with other groups. I really became very disappointed with the quality of their music after the CD "Left of Cool". It was like they had just lost their "flavor"...trying to throw every ingredient into the pot and expecting it to come out good. Too many ingredients don't make a better stew.

This offering from the Flecktones seems to offer some of that older flavor they became known for creating, narrowing it down to just the quartet. First of all, I thank the Gods that singing took a back seat in this production. On this CD, you get the feeling that there was more effort put into the creation and final execution of each song, solo, bridge..etc. Each cut of this CD breathes better and takes on its own feeling much like their older music, which in turn, makes it much more enjoyable and listenable for myself. I thank them for this greatly!

This is some of the better quality playing I have heard from Future Man. He seems more refined and more open with his playing. Some of Vic's playing seems like he is more into this music with some nice grooves and tasty solos that aren't overly saturated with too many notes...although there is some good flashy stuff in there. Bela is Bela...always the professional and always solid. And Jeff Coffin, who I must admit hasn't been a moving force for me with the Flecktones, really does a nice job staying in his pocket and coming out when the music needs...my favorite CD with him in it yet.

Not to drag on, but this is a pretty solid offering by the Flecktones that I will be listening to again (like I did during their earlier years) to find something new in each song every time through.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Res on February 14, 2006
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After a year-long tour hiatus, Bela Fleck and his talented group (Jeff Coffin on sax, Vic Wooten on bass and Futureman on synthaxe drumitar) are now returning to touring. The "Hidden Land" album ushers in this touring schedule and is the first guest-less release from the Flecktones since before Jeff Coffin joined the band 8 years ago.

The album features some excellent song-writing and, as always, superb musical chops. I was also pleasantly surprised by the lack of "filler" songs (which were rife and distracting on "Little Worlds".) This disc has a crisp and well-produced sound that meshes well with the more minimalist approach of the quartet.

Another welcome surprise is Futureman's playing, which is more acoustic and "real" sounding than on past albums.

My favorite track is "The Whistle Tune" (#13). It is a blindingly beautiful jazz "ballad" that is a bit reminiscient of "Sunset Road" or "Big Country". Chennai (#9) once again demonstrates the Flecktones' skill at reinventing and bringing new contours to the world music genre.

The Flecktones remain part of a burgeoning vanguard of creative instrumental musicians (I include Charlie Hunter, Roy Hargrove, Chris Thile and Robert Randolph in this group) that cross trite genres and formulas to create accessible, fun and challenging music. "The Hidden Land" is further evidence of the Flecktones' facility in this role.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Parks on February 20, 2007
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The band started to get carried away with guest appearances (Outbound, Little Worlds, etc.) that it was almost unbearable and overwhelming. Their compositions suffered because instead of something designed for specifically the Flecktones, other things came out of the woodworks (not to say that all of it or any of it was bad, but it was almost too much).

When I listen to this album, not only does it feel more original and fresher than anything I have heard Bela and the Flecktones do (at least after listening to their older albums for long spans of time), but this album just has a more intimate and naturally revealing side of the Flecktones. This is an album that will make you think, "Wow I was not expecting that! I kind of like it! Give me more!" and the more you listen to it, the more you feel like you are on the same page as them. This is a more mature album, not one for someone who does not already know how Bela Fleck speaks, so please do not listen to this as a novice listener, it sends a false first impression. The music is more jazz-like than before, and all of the songs flow together. The Flecktones take the listener on an epic adventure like none of the albums have really done before. With the major peaks (in my opinion) being the transition from Fugue to P'lod, Labyrinth, Weed Wacker>Couch Potato>Chennai, this album hits hard from the getgo.

I have always wondered, what will they do next? Bela plays guitar on here, Futureman plays a lot more acoustic drums (which is soooo refreshing), Jeff plays the flute quite a bit, and Victor is always amazing. This album keeps the Flecktones in my top five best bands of all time; The Hidden Land is indeed another album that leaves the listener wanting much more, just like the others. Although, I really like this style the most, I hope they produce more of this gold.

-Aaron
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