Saturday, September 14, 2019

Overheard at Booth 3: In Praise of Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck

Left of Cool (1991)
Tales from the Acoustic Planet (1995)
Perpetual Motion (2001)

If you already know of Bela Fleck then please excuse what I am about to write, because I have to assume you don’t know about him.  Let me pretend to introduce you. 

Banjo player.  But more than a banjo player – a virtuoso.  One of the rare, extremely rare, virtuosos who can take the instrument into realms never dreamed of.   For example, when I told Cristina, “You need to hear this banjo player” she thought “Ugh!  Twang twang country music!” but when she heard Tales from the Acoustic Planet and Perpetual Motion, she was amazed.  She didn’t even recognize the instrument as a banjo.  She is an aficionado of classical music, so she knows what works and what doesn’t.

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