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Music for Two (Bonus DVD)

Béla Fleck , Edgar Meyer Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer
  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0001XAMS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bug Tussle
2. Invention 10, BWV 796
3. Pile Up
4. Prelude No.24, BWV 869
5. Solar
6. Blue Spruce
7. Canon
8. The One I Left Behind
9. V. Menuet I - II, BWV 825
10. Prelude No.2, BWV 847
11. Palmyra
12. The Lake Effect
13. Largo/Allegro Vivace
14. Allegro Vivace
15. Wrong Number
16. Woolly Mammoth
17. Wishful Thinking

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Product Description

On Music for Two, banjo wizard Béla Fleck and stand-up bass maestro Edgar Meyer effortlessly sail through a challenging program that includes compositions by Bach, a sonata by Henry Eccles, a Miles Davis tune, and a number of self-composed finger twisters. The amazing thing about this varied selection is not its eclecticism--which is only to be expected with these two--but that it all blends together so seamlessly. Fleck's jazz-tinged compositions (like "The Lake Effect") and Meyer's bluegrass-inspired tunes (like "Wishful Thinking") sit so comfortably next to Bach's baroque jewels and Davis's cool jazz that it makes you question the entire of concept of musical classification. (In fact, the Bach preludes, inventions, and partitas translate so well to the banjo/bass arrangements, you have to wonder if old JSB might not have had a bit of bluegrass in his soul.) Music for Two was recorded live at a series of 2001 concerts, where Fleck and Meyer proved conclusively that the banjo and the bass were capable of remarkable subtlety and not just twang and boom. --Michael John Simmons

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A virtuosic and virtuous disc. May 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer are the unequivocal masters of their respective instruments, the banjo and the string bass, and have been such close friends for so long that a colloborative effort seems like a natural evolution of their ouvre. Indeed, the beauty of this disc is that the music does not get bogged down under the weight of their combined musical genius. On Music for Two, a Sony Classical release, Fleck and Meyer weave intricate tapestries of sound, combining straight classical transcriptions of Bach (the original classical virtuoso and arguably the touchstone for all of western music) with improvised tunes from their own repertoire. "Bug-Tussle" and "Pile Up" are upbeat, catchy newgrass charts that are heavy on the improv. "Blue Spruce" is a new-agey Flecktune featuring Bela in a semi-rare performance on the six-string guitar and Edgar on piano. "Wrong Number" pulls a fast one on the live audience, as an interrupting cell phone becomes an elaborate gag that is worked into the song itself. And the Bach transcriptions are not only 100% faithful, but 100% flawless. The added DVD only enhances the listening experience, as you get to see fingers and hands in action, making the virtuosity of Fleck and Meyer even more apparent. In the end, "Music for Two" proves that sometimes when you combine two musical talents of this caliber, one plus one equals MUCH more than just two.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly inventive December 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As two of the most highly regarded technicians of their respective instruments, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer collaboration on "Music for Two" couldn't be anything less than inspiring. The duo exceed expectations by writing eloquent and evocative pieces. As I continue to listen to the album, their original compositions come to the fore as the marquee sections of the disc. The album could have been strengthened by shedding the veneer of classical music and relying solely on their original compositions.

Bela is uncanny in choices of excellent bassists. (Vic and Edgar) I heard that Victor joined Bela and Edgar for one of their concerts during their tour. I wish I had been there.

In concert, Bela and Edgar are consummate professionals. At times, their stirring music transported me of the concert hall and into a dreamlike state of memory-drenched bliss. Their music is at once amazingly ambitious, yet blessedly timeless. Here's hoping that they get together more often...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Album from Two Virtuosos April 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who appreciates quality music should own this album.
This is one of those albums that from the first moment you listen to it, you will be immediately hooked. It combines selections from Bach and other classical composers with completely original compositions by both Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer. And, what makes the album really unique is the humorous interaction between the two musicians - and the audience! (Wait until you hear "Wrong Number".)
However, you won't really appreciate the depth of the album until you watch the bonus DVD. It's a documentary on how the two musicians worked together to perfect one of the album's selections ("Canon"). The filmwork was high-quality as was the recording of the album itself.
For the price, you won't find a better value in excellent musicianship and documentary. And, for the record you will be hardpressed to find two better musicians and composers living in this day and age.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psyclist November 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent recording by two innovators at the top of their game.....listen and be prepared to be blown away. The recording quality is superb.....I initially thought it was a studio recording until I heard the audience's response on the first cut. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus is RIGHT! October 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with the music on Uncommon Ritual (Meyer with Fleck and Mike Marshall), but Music for Two being the collaborative effort of Meyer and Fleck, enhanced by the "behind-the-scenes" documentary made the music that much better. Now, every time I hear Canon, I just imagine the technical level of difficulty and the determination of two awesome musicians.

The whole CD is wonderful...and the playfulness between these two friends can be enjoyed by the listener.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not bluegrass, but oh my!!!! December 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
as a banjo playa and bluegrass fan that sometimes thinks that bela "noodles" a bit much, this album blows my mind. edgar and bela play with more power and authority than any ten metal bands, and their timing and dynamics are out of this world. i'm no fan of classical as such, but i found myself captivated by every song, and the fact that it's recorded live just adds to the awe factor. buy it now!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Masters at Work... May 2, 2004
By James
Format:Audio CD
How do I begin? Fans of Bela and Edgar are probably already familiar with this album. If you are familiar with it then hopefully you'll still find this review useful. I'm going to tailor my comments more to people who don't know as much about Bela and Edgar, or what's on this album. Because if you're already a fan, you most likely own this brilliant album, and you don't need me to convince you how amazing it is.
Let's start with a bit of background. Bela Fleck is a banjo player who is originally from New York. He has been playing professionally for over twenty years, and has long been considered one of the most talented banjo players (if not simply one of the greatest musicians) that has ever lived. Edgar Meyer is a similarly talented bassist who has been friends with Bela since the early 80's, when they were both involved in the New Grass Revival. Bela gained huge success with his band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They have recorded many critically and commercially successful albums, all worth a good listen, as they are phenomenal musicians. Victor Wooten is THE most talented bassist I have ever seen. His brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten is a percussion pioneer, and Jeff Coffin is an immensely gifed saxophonist and flutist. Not that it impacts the recording I'm about to review, but I can say after personally meeting Bela and the Flecktones that they are as gracious and kind as they are talented. Again, not that this has any bearing on the quality of their music, but it makes me feel good to know that some musicians genuinely appreciate the support of their fans. Anyway, on to Bela and Edgar.
Bela and Edgar first collaborated on Perpetual Motion, a classical album released in late 2001.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying with the bonus DVD
The added DVD gives a great look at the process of thesetwo artists.
Published 2 months ago by Almal
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer are incredible musicians. The DVD is excellent and funny. Who would think a banjo would sound so
good playing classical music and that upright... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cheryl B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Bela Fleck
I love banjo music. It makes my day to listen to bluegrass or virtually any other banjo genre. Bela Fleck really does it all on the banjo. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable virtuosity
This is a very good live album by two phenomenally good musicians. I confess to my shame that I hadn't come across Bela Fleck before, but I have very much enjoyed Edgar Meyer's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sid Nuncius
5.0 out of 5 stars music at its best
It just doesn't get much better than this folks-these guys are so gifted as individuals and together they have an incredibly rich,lyrical blend.All I can say is WOW!
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth C Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck are fabulous musicians who can play just about anything - and do, with passion, virtuosity, and sometimes, humour. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Copper Mountain Momma
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The best banjo player and bassist in the world make for a charming DVD and a wonderful CD. My husband's a musician, and he loves it.
Published 22 months ago by Jill Bellrose
5.0 out of 5 stars A vast and flourishing musical landscape
I just received this CD today, popped it in the stereo, and was instantly transported to a musical paradise. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Joeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, and well done
Lets see, 2 virtuosos, tackling music genres deemed off limits by the musically uptight, having fun. I say, this is great stuff. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Christopher M. Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked good
The track Woolly Mammoth is worth buying the entire album. Fabulous. I am only sad there aren't more albums like this. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by D
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