Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Often described as a band that performs bluegrass stylings with jazz sensibilities, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones serve as a prime example of what can happen when musicians leave their preconceived notions about music on the cutting room floor. The sound of the Flecktones is certainly a breath of fresh air and each member of the quartet offers something distinctive and exciting to the overall sound. Bass guru Victor Wooten provides a deep and intricate low end that shows just how far you can go with a bass guitar. Saxophone player Jeff Coffin coaxes sounds out of his horn that only the most accomplished players are able to do. Béla Fleck’s banjo picking skills, renowned the world over, adds a layer of sound that is both complex and delicate. Completing the mix is Future Man, whose steady and innovative beats hold it all together. It’s no wonder the group have been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, with the band taking top honors on four separate occasions. That’s because no matter where you fall on the musical spectrum, the sounds of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is sure to leave feeling light on your feet and happy in your heart.