Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – Little Worlds

 Jazz Fusion; 2003

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In this you get three discs, two with ten songs and the third with nine. Mr. Fleck is the first name that comes to anyone’s mind when the jazz banjo scene is a topic of discussion. He is a master of the craft. Jeff Coffin plays every wind instrument that matters and quite a few more that don’t. Future Man (that’s not his real name, in case you were wondering) plays drums on his invention: the synth-axe drumitar (youtube it). And VIctor Wooten is an electric bass virtuoso. He’s in another band, SMV, which is him and two other bass virtuosos shredding on their electric basses all at the same time. It’s pretty cool. So when you get a bunch of dudes who are too good at very unnecessary things, you know critics are gonna pan it for elitism. And maybe it is elitist, considering it’s a 29-song album that runs over two and a half hours. But who cares? They called King Crimson and Yes and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer elitist. Jazz as an idea is elitist. Jazz exists for performers to show off their technical skill. These guys have a TON of technical skill. Like ridiculous amounts. So listen as these guys all make it painfully clear that they’re better than you at life. And enjoy all of it.

Disc One:
1. Bil Mon
2. The Ballad of Jed Clampett feat. Bobby McFerrin & Sam Bush
3. Puffy
4. New Math
5. Longitude
6. Latitude
7. Centrifuge feat. Derek Trucks
8. Off the Top (The Gravity Wheel) feat. Nickel Creek
9. Off the Top (Line Dance) feat. Nickel Creek
10. Follow the Line

Disc Two:
1. The Fjords of Oslo
2. Sherpa
3. What It Is feat. Bobby McFerrin
4. The Leaning Tower feat. Bobby McFerrin & The Chieftains
5. Mudslingers of the Milky Way
6. Captive Delusions feat. Brandon Marsalis
7. Costa Brava
8. Poindexter
9. Prequel
10. Return of the Mudslinders feat. Brandon Marsalis

Disc Three:
1. The Cave
2. Next
3. Pineapple Heart feat. Derek Trucks & Sam Bush
4. Snatchin’
5. Reminiscence
6. Sleeper feat. Bobby McFerrin
7. Flunky
8. The Last Jam feat. Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas, & Bernie Williams
9. Untitled

Stand-out tracks:
Next
Bil Mon
Costa Brava

-Jerry

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