Live Art

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Live Art
Live album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Released September 10, 1996
Recorded live, 1992-1996
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive folk, post-bop, world fusion
Length 127:28
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Béla Fleck
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chronology
Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(1993)
Live Art
(1996)
Left of Cool
(1998)

Live Art is the fifth album released by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and their first non-studio album. It was recorded live at various concerts between 1992 and 1996 and features ten guest musicians.[1]

Featured guests include Sam Bush, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Bruce Hornsby.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
No Depression (no rating) [2]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Thom Owens wrote "the core of the album is Fleck & the Flecktones' dynamite instrumental improvisations, where they can demonstrate the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Of special note are the songs that feature jams with Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Bruce Hornsby, who help spur the Flecktones to new heights."[1]

Bryson Alden, writing for No Depression, wrote "Their music combines the familiar sounds of bluegrass with whatever else comes along, be it jazz, classical, rap or “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”. In lesser hands, these combinations would almost certainly be disastrous, but thanks to the superlative talent of Bela on banjo and assorted banjoesque electronic devices, along with his sidemen, each with a unique instrument/approach, the result is wonderfully pleasing... This two-CD set, recorded live over a period of five years, provides an excellent benchmark of their work."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:38
  2. "New South Africa" (Béla Fleck) – 4:43
  3. "Stomping Grounds" (Victor Wooten/Fleck) – 5:26
  4. "Lochs of Dread" (B. Fleck/Jerry Douglas) – 5:45
  5. "Bigfoot" (B. Fleck) – 7:32
  6. "Far East Medley" (P.D., arr. The Flecktones) – 7:21
  7. "Flying Saucer Dudes" (B. Fleck) – 5:35
  8. "UFO Tofu" (B. Fleck) – 3:38
  9. "Interlude - Libation, The Water Ritual" (Future Man) – 3:06
  10. "Vix 9" (V. Wooten) – 6:02
  11. "The Message" (Joe Wooten/The Flecktones) – 9:16

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Improv/Amazing Grace" (P.D., arr. V. Wooten) – 6:46
  2. "Shubbee's Doobie" (B. Fleck/Sam Bush) – 4:40
  3. "Oh! Darling" (Lennon–McCartney) – 6:21
  4. "Blu-bop" (Howard Levy/The Flecktones) – 7:36
  5. "Sunset Road" (B. Fleck) – 5:56
  6. "More Luv" (V. Wooten) – 7:43
  7. "Early Reflection/Bach/The Ballad of Jed Clampett" – 6:09
  8. "Cheeseballs in Cowtown" (B. Fleck) – 5:38
  9. "Sinister Minister" (B. Fleck) – 7:30
  10. "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo" (B. Fleck) – 4:52

Personnel[edit]

The Flecktones[edit]

  • Béla Fleck - banjo (tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 16, 18, 19, 21), electric synth banjo (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20), electric banjo (tracks 14, 15, 20), 6-string banjo (track 13)
  • Future Man - Synth-Axe Drumitar (tracks 2-11, 14-17, 19, 20), zendrum (track 11), acoustic percussion (on banjos and Philippine trash can) (track 13), acoustic percussion (track 21), vocals (track 17)
  • Victor Wooten - bass (tracks 1-3, 5-8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 20), fretless bass (tracks 4, 16, 19), tenor bass (tracks 11, 17), cello (tracks 13, 21), vocals (track 11)

Guest musicians[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard Heatseekers 22
1996 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 4
1996 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Owens, Thom. "Live Art > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Alden, Bryson (November–December 1996). "Review: Live Art". No Depression.