Talk:Béla Fleck

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Interview on PRI's The World02 February 2005
audio diary from Uganda — 25 February 2005
audio diary from Tanzania — 03 March 2005
audio diary from The Gambia and Mali — 25 March 2005


I don't even know where to put this... but doesn't she speak Chinese and have some sort of Chinese connection? Saw a video on the internet of her in China playing with some Chinese banjo guys and speaking a little Chinese.

Cooperation with Øystein Sunde[edit]

I don't know where to put it, but Fleck appeared on norwegian singer Øystein Sunde's 1989 record "Kjekt å ha", together with many other bluegrass heros. The only sources I can find are in Norwegian, like this: [1]. At least the lists of musicians are useful to you. Is this useful information?

Discography[edit]

I added a partial discography -- it seemed as though one was in order -- but I'm not wedded to the format of it at this point if other people think it would be better to organize on a strictly chronological (or alphabetical or something else...) basis. Obviously, additions would help, as well.Adbarnhart 19:59, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

Discography looks really good. I was planning to do this myself but just as well that I didn't. --Peter (Cactus Pete) 13:39, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

What about his appearances with the Dave Matthews Band (most notably on Before these crowded streets)? - Bookmastaflex11:02, 7 December 2005 (UTC)


Added references to his work as a sideman and noted several of his '05 projects. Feel free to move stuff around, I don't know if you want it where I put it-Isaac Benaron 12:27, 15 January 2006

This section could use some more cleanup, especially for consistency (record label names, etc). I like the organization by who he played with, but maybe it would be a good idea to take most of the minor collaborations and put them under a single heading. It might be cleaner than having lots of headings with only 1 or 2 entries each, if an appropriate style is used. -- Fru1tbat 13:08, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Some of these albums he is clearly a guest or session musician while on others he is part of one-off trio, quartet, etc. -Acjelen 22:19, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Hi. I don't know if you're looking for something more extensive than collaboration on a single song when you add an entry to the "with other artists" section of the discography, but he did a song with dobro and mandolin-extraordinaires Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush (respectively) called "Who's Your Uncle" for Douglas' 2005 album _The Best Kept Secret_. I'm in no position to make this change, but it's easily verified. Just trying to keep Wikipedia as all-encompassing as it can be. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.98.113.234 (talk) 17:20, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Fleck recently appeared on pianist McCoy Tyner's new album, Guitars (McCoy Tyner album). The page about the album states: "Guitars is an album by McCoy Tyner released on his McCoy Tyner Music (a subsiduary of Half Note Records) label in 2008. It was recorded in Setember 2007 and features performances by Tyner, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette with Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Béla Fleck, Derek Trucks, and Bill Frisell." Fleck plays on 3 tracks. I'll try to add this and follow the current format.Tevye guy (talk) 04:38, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

I know it's easier to complain from outside, but the Discography section really is sloppy now. Someone should pick a method in which to list Fleck's contributions and recordings and please stick to it. I'm dizzy from looking at the article as it is, and truly, it gives no real hint as to the depth and breadth of what he plays, in particular, on the banjo, which until recent time, (possibly because of him almost entirely?) hasn't been considered an instrument used in recording genres like jazz, or, as was pointed out, alternative rock music, in the case of the Dave Matthews Band. --Leahtwosaints (talk) 21:01, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

I just thought I would add Fleck's appearance on stage with Rory Gallagher at Monteaux in 1994. A medley of Amazing Grace - Walkin' Blues - Blue Moon of Kentucky. Blew my socks off. The DVD came out in 2009 and the medley is on the album "Wheels Within Wheels"

Info box[edit]

Is the intention of the musician info box field "label" to be a list of all record labels that have released recordings by the musician or just the current label he is signed to? -Acjelen 18:56, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Studying french horn in high school.[edit]

I met him and asked him about the french horn and he said he couldn't play it very well. --131.91.236.30 00:37, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Status as a virtuoso[edit]

I feel as though it must be mentioned that he has been called a virtuoso from many, many sources. Does anyone else agree with me? I feel that that fact just goes to show what an accomplished musician he really is, even more so than such things as Grammy awards. It could be cited from numerous sources.

Also, I know the Grammy nominations were mentioned, but a lot of his collaborations are not--And when I say that, I'm talking about mostly world music. He's used the banjo in many genres and settings that have never had a banjo touch them--I don't really get that vibe from the article (of course the classical projects are mentioned, but the simple fact that he's playing jazz banjo isn't even highlighted, it seems).

Just some thoughts on the article...Take them as you will. CoffeeJanitor (talk) 04:29, 8 January 2009 (UTC)