Outbound (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones album)

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Studio album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Released July 25, 2000
Genre Jazz fusion, folk rock, world fusion
Label Columbia
Producer Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chronology
Greatest Hits of the 20th Century
(1999)Greatest Hits of the 20th Century1999
Live at the Quick
(2002)Live at the Quick2002

Outbound is the eighth album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 2000. It is the band's first album on the Sony/Columbia label. The album won Best Contemporary Jazz Album at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Special guests include Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew, Sandip Burman, Shawn Colvin and Edgar Meyer.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic William Ruhlman wrote "Fleck and his bandmates seem to view all styles of music as readily and randomly interchangeable, but sometimes, as with a colorblind person picking out clothes, the results clash or otherwise disturb, and the rest of the time they come off as flashy and insubstantial. Fleck really offers no defense to the charge of being a musical dilettante, he simply celebrates the surface pleasures of different varieties of music, offering an overlapping series of appetizers. A fan of any particular style is liable to feel that it has been trivialized, but Fleck doesn't mean any harm. His music represents the pursuit of facileness as a musical goal, one that he and his band achieve with alacrity."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Béla Fleck unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Intro" – 0:41
  2. "Hoedown" (Aaron Copland) – 4:54
  3. "A Moment So Close" – 4:47
  4. "Zona Mona" (Fleck, Jeff Coffin) – 5:01
  5. "Hall Of Mirrors" – 4:54
  6. "Earth Jam" (Fleck, Future Man, Victor Wooten) – 5:55
  7. "Something She Said" – 3:36
  8. "Ovombo Summit" (Future Man) – 0:40
  9. "Aimum" (The Flecktones) – 5:50
  10. "Prelude" – 0:41
  11. "Lover's Leap" – 4:16
  12. "Outbound" – 4:52
  13. "Scratch & Sniff" (Fleck, Victor Wooten)– 5:00
  14. "Shuba Yatra" – 4:42
  15. "That Old Thing" – 3:21
  16. "Reprise" – 0:44


The Flecktones[edit]

Guest artists[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2000 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 3


  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Outbound > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2011.