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Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio

Bela Fleck, Bela Fleck & the FlecktonesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Babar (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Out Of The Blue (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bubbles (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 7:12Album Only
listen  4. The Melody Of Rhythm, Movement 1 (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer11:51Album Only
listen  5. The Melody Of Rhythm, Movement 2 (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Melody Of Rhythm, Movement 3 (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 9:39Album Only
listen  7. Cadence (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In Conclusion (Feat. Detroit Symphony Orchestra)Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B002F3BQB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indescribably Delicious August 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There's really no way to accurately describe this music. Is it World Music because the great Zakir Hussain is on it? Americana or Classical because of Edgar Meyer? Bluegrass or Jazz because Bela Fleck rounds out the group? You can put aside all of these categories because the music is all of it and more, and completely accessible. It's not a hodgepodge of styles. The compositions and sounds have real unity and the players enjoy legitimate chemistry.

It's absolutely not avant garde or free jazz, and I have no idea why Amazon has it in this category. Classical is more appropriate but doesn't tell the whole story.

The recorded sound is less austere than your average ECM production, but I think if you like the cross-cultural music from that great label, you'll be on board.

Obviously, fans of any or all three of the principals (as I am) are sure to love it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Mere Stylistic Mash-up September 26, 2009
By Kyle G.
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Last Sunday the Honolulu Orchestra presented their only new-music offering of the season: a live version of the work before you, Edgar Meyer's The Melody of Rhythm. This triple concerto for banjo, bass, and tabla was first recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and I absolutely can't recommend it highly enough. Performers Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain are simply amazing musicians and collaborators. So much could go wrong combining these three distinct genres, leading to a confused and watered down presentation of each. But this is no mere stylistic mash-up. In the hands of these brilliant performers, Meyer's work forges a memorable and convincing amalgam that fully realizes the potential of collaborative music.

Here is a taste of the concerto only (3 of the 9 tracks):

Fleck's solo banjo, echoed by flutes and xylophone, unfolds a frenetic and monophonic opening theme. This unconventional doubling sets the stage nicely for the coming array of orchestral colors and doublings, and is proceeded by the first entrance of all three soloists. A warm, slowly undulating orchestral texture with high sustaining strings provides a nice interlude before the entrance of a cantabile and memorable folksy melody. As the movement progresses, material returns with added contrapuntal interest. A walking bass line supports a frenetic banjo line. The winds enjoy a rare spotlight through their counter-melodies. Three-part orchestral lines intertwine then mingle with a richer chordal texture.

Although all three soloists benefit from solos in this movement, the most attention is given to the tabla. Perhaps Meyer wanted to establish early on that the foreign tabla has a rightful place in this orchestral context.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inclusive Yet Unique: Classical World Jazz Fusion September 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Imagine in an alternate universe the avant-garde jazz group Oregon was a trio, with Ralph Towner playing banjo instead of guitar, tablist Collin Walcott was still alive, and Glen Moore played bass. What sort of sound would that be? In our own realm, we have three brilliant musical masters, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain, who explore such a combination of timbre with some trio improvisations that are unique, neither bluegrass, nor jazz, nor classical, nor Indian, though a tinge of all may be discerned. Moreover, as the quartet Oregon played with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the trio is heard on this album with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. These particular tracks consist of a scored, truly classical triple concerto, The Melody of Rhythm, which was first performed with Slatkin and the Nashville Orchestra. It is dandy piece, with the soloists performing some bright flourishes, though the concerto structure is largely a scaffolding. The second movement particularly and to some extent the third have a strong flavor of a North Indian raga. It is a piece scored by a committee and it shows; but I enjoy the experiment. The beginning and concluding trio pieces are interesting chamber studies. Everything about this trio is novel. Stretch your ears with this album, which defies categorization.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Disc October 17, 2009
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"Melody of Rhythm" is a delightful CD from Bela Fleck. It not only features his signature banjo style, but the wonderful bass notes of Edgar Meyer and the unusual beat of the tabla (a drum from India that I was most familiar with on Ravi Shankar albums). This disc is enjoyable both as music to "listen to" to catch the unusual nuances and as background music for meals or conversation. I would highly recommend it for fans of either Bela Fleck or Edgar Meyer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcending genre December 23, 2009
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When listening to previous collaborations between Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and whomever else they chose to include in their musical play, I have admired their facility for mixing genres in a tasteful and artful manner.

This time they have gone beyond genre. They don't just build on the foundations of existing traditions, they bust through them entirely to create something new and spectacularly beautiful.

The inclusion of Zakir Hussein is just one of many strokes of genius. His delicate, complex rhythms, as the title suggests, do form a melodic line, or rather, several polyphonic lines.

What they have done goes beyond my ability to describe. It must be heard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but I loved it. The orchestration is fantastic
Never thought I'd buy a CD of a banjo player, but I loved it. The orchestration is fantastic. I'd love these 3 to come out to Aus & do this concert with the Melbourne Symphony... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Mr. Geoffrey A. Ramus
5.0 out of 5 stars Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer are fabulous world-class...
Three masters of their instruments, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer whose energy is phenominal. Much new music written by them.
Published 7 months ago by Robert W. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars so and so
I read about this Cd, so I thought about the music idea...but at the end it isn't the favourite Cd I have
Published 9 months ago by Santangelo Stefano
4.0 out of 5 stars More rhythm than melody
Anything with these three players is going to be great, but I did find that the melodic aspect I had hoped for wasn't expressed as clearly as Fleck has done in other CDs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carrie Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
The album is incredible! The compositions and sound quality are out right stunning. I feel there are some slow parts but nothing that makes me regret this purchase one bit. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rashard Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique trio (with orchestration)
Okay, I make no claims to being a music critic. I heard one of their songs on a local public radio station, and liked it a lot. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Berry C. Ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that defies categorization
What gets labeled as World music is often a cacophony and a misnomer, one where the music often sounds like a stream of floats on a Macy's day parade, held together by intent and... Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Deepak Alse
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
As a subscriber to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, it was fortunate that this concert was in our series. One of the most memorable and amazing concerts I've ever attended. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Drumler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collaboration!
Wow -- this album is truly amazing, hard to put it into a category, too! Three virtuoso musicians are featured here, Bela Fleck on the banjo, Edgar Meyer on the bass, and Zakir... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
This CD is definitely one of my favorites. I wanted to let people know that even though I love this kind of music, the Concerto itself may be a bit "experimental" for some casual... Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Sinclair W.
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