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The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2

Bela FleckAudio CD
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Born in 1958 in New York City, Fleck seemed destined to be a world-class musician from the start, having been named for three great composers: Béla (for Bartók), Anton (for Webern) and Leos (for Janáček). Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Fleck made the classical connection with Perpetual Motion, his 2001 recording that ... Read more in Amazon's Bela Fleck Store

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000JC6D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The latest album from highly acclamined musician Bela Fleck is the first of its kind from a major label - a bluegrass album for the masses. The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Volume 2 brings together not only the greatest acoustic players on the planet but three generations of bluegrass greats, including the first one, represented by Earl Scruggs. Ranging from stone-cold traditional bluegrass to the edges of newgrass, from Fleck originals to classics, The Bluegrass Sessions promises to have enormous appeal to Fleck's cross-genre audience.

Béla Fleck, the banjo-wizard leader of the fringe-jazz quartet the Flecktones, returns to more-bluegrass-oriented concerns with this 18-song outing, a complement to 1988's Drive and a more-traditional follow-up to 1995's fusion-leaning Tales from the Acoustic Planet. Most of these songs are instrumentals boasting Drive's core group of Sam Bush on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Tony Rice on guitar, Jerry Douglas on Dobro, and bassist Mark Schatz; they're augmented in spots by fine guest players such as Vassar Clements, John Hartford, and the incomparable banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs. Fleck's spidery, tasteful plucking style lends originals like "Major Honker" and "Katmandu" an ever-so-slightly offbeat air, while he gives classics like Scruggs's "Foggy Mountain Special" and "Polka on the Banjo" traditional readings that wouldn't be out of place at the Opry. Flecktones fans will find much to like in Fleck's rootsy playing, and so will bluegrass purists. --Gregory McNamee

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make Room In Your Heart For the 5-String Banjo March 31, 2000
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This album is a joy from start to finish. As much as I enjoy the innovative work Bela Fleck has done in the past decade with the Flecktones and pushing the boundaries for the banjo as a lead instrument outside the context of bluegrass music, I have always had a passion for straight ahead bluegrass music. Over the past twenty-plus years, Fleck as earned the right to be mentioned in the same company as Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe and Tony Trischka as a pioneer of the banjo. Beginning with his formative years alongside mandolinist Jack Tottle in Tasty Licks to joining Sam Bush and John Cowan in the Newgrass Revival, Fleck has showed impeccable taste in his playing.
On The Bluegrass Sessions, Fleck has collected a virtual Who's Who of bluegrass superstars: Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and a guest performance by Scruggs himself. But don't be misled by the album title. There are a only a handful of songs that might qualify as traditional bluegrass--"Blue Mountain Hop," "Polka on the Banjo" (the only vocal--provided by John Hartford), "Ode to Earl," "Home Sweet Home" and "Foggy Mountain Special"--most of the album mines a new acoustic groove which melds bluegrass and jazz into a fusion long championed by Tony Rice and David Grisman. [In fact, in his liner notes Fleck recommends several albums including Rice's Manzanita and Grisman's The David Grisman Rounder Album.]
This is a wonderful collection and an excellent companion to Tales from the Acoustic Planet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The king of phrases September 2, 1999
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I haven't missed a Bela in nearly 10 years now. I'm struck by the studied simplicity of Fleck's recordings. They sound just down-home simple until you begin to listen closely. Then you hear things that aren't so simple.
First, of course, is what you don't hear. You don't hear a single missed note, an unsubtle nuance, a line without shape. Unlike so much of post newgrass where speed is king, Fleck's recordings emphasize each musician's talents at phrasing. The masters of bluegrass phrasing are here: Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Vasser Clements, and, of course, Bela. Tony Rice reminds us why you don't need percussion in true bluegrass.
Second, you appreciate how intricately worked out these little pieces are. Take _When Joy Kills Sorrow_, for example. You have a drone, one-note bowed upright bass in the exposition (from the 12th century), you have chromatic modulations (jazz) which always resolve on the dominant or tonic (Baroque), and you get that canon (I lost count at six voices). Henry Purcell would have been thrilled to write that in 1690.
Laying over it all is Bela's gentle touch and tone. With such good humor, how can you not smile? A worthy successor to Drive. I only miss two things: the Mark Fox graphics on the Flecktones cover days, and Mark O'Conner not stopping by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bela's best November 23, 2000
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This is the one of the finest albums Bela Fleck has released in a long time ("Live Art" being the other finest in recent memory.)
First of all, it boasts an amazing guest roster including: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice, Mark Schatz, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Ricky Skaggs & more!
Not all of these people appear on every song, but what a dream lineup! (The only person missing is Del McCoury!)
"Tales from the Acoustic Planet 2" has a little taste of everything Fleck is known for. It has some solo banjo "Clarinet Polka", some more pensive slow numbers like "Over Grown Waltz", a little taste of the east "Katmandu", old-timey "Polka on the Banjo" and the downright weird "Do You Have Room?"
From the sentimental to the sublime and from the frentic to the silly...this disc amply displays why Fleck will go down in history as one of the most innovative artists of all time. He has completely deconstructed the notion of what one can do with a banjo all while having total mastery over its more traditional use. He can do it all: traditional bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, avante-garde, Asian folk music, and the list goes on.
Eventhough Bela Fleck's name is on the record, this isn't just his recording. Jerry Douglas' dobro (as always) is a welcome addition to the mix, and Sam Bush steps out for more than one nice mandolin solo. "Katmandu" showcases some of Fleck's more original ideas and "Blue Mountain Hop" shows that unique ability to take an interesting idea gleaned elsewhere to its most amazing possibilities.
I've always found Bela Fleck albums hard to review (which I believe is quite a good sign.) Pick this one up, you won't be sorry.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing April 3, 2000
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The Bluegrass Sessions is without a doubt one of the best bluegrass albums ever made. It is true that this is not straight traditional bluegrass; there are no vocals (except for "Polka on the Banjo" and the annoying interlude, "is there room in your heart") and the progressions and melodies go far beyond the usual 1,4,5. I have several friends who were converted into being bluegrass lovers because of this album. The musicianship is first-rate with each musician among the best in the field. I am particularly touched by Jerry Douglas' playing (Katmandu, Spanish Point). Of course all of the players exhibit unreal talent on this album, particularly in the rhythm section (has anybody tried to play rhythm like Tony Rice or Sam Bush? There may be other players who can top these guys in solos (maybe not Tony, but check out Chris Thiele from Nickel Creek to see who's boss on the mandolin) but nobody can touch them rhythmically). Basically, this album will take your breath away from the start; anyone with a good ear can tell that this album is golden.
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Published 1 month ago by Samuel Baudoux
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Published 7 months ago by Mitchell D. Tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars Just for me
Merry Xmas to me! Nothing better than great bluegrass, especially with banjo. However, there's always Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven too!
Published 10 months ago by MARILYN G. DERIGHT
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun CD prompt shipment
I am new to bluegrass so can't give an intensive review, but I like it! I would recommend it for sure!
Published 12 months ago by Stephanie D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars good songs
The Overgrown Waltz is my fav. I think it's a combination of Waltzing Matilda and another song (not sure... can't put my finger on it)
Published 19 months ago by mg
2.0 out of 5 stars jazzy but I guess that's Bela
I wasn't sure what to expect from the audio cd but one listen through it and found out Bela's style (to me)is almost pure jazz. and this genre of music is not a preference of mine. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John Smith
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Great music by great artists...... Most of these players are legends.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by greywolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella Fleck does it again
Once again Bella Fleck puts together a CD with great songs and great musicians. Being a fan of bluegrass and Bella Fleck, I love that he got together with greats like Earl Scruggs... Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by P. Fredrickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
I truly enjoy this collection of Bluegrass music by Bela Fleck and friends. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something interesting and fun to listen too.
Published on September 2, 2007 by Gorby
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