Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Studio album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Released September 14, 1993
Recorded 1993, Javelina, Ground Star, Record Plant Studios, Capitol Records Studio B
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive bluegrass, psychedelic folk
Length 56:59
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chronology
UFO Tofu
(1992)UFO Tofu1992
Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Live Art
(1996)Live Art1996

Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the fourth album released by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 1993. It is the band's only release as a trio, after the departure of Howard Levy but before the arrival of Jeff Coffin.


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

In his Allmusic review, music critic Dan Cross wrote of the album "The Flecktones have stuck with the formula that made their previous records successful: complex, tight grooves wrapped in a very musical, user-friendly package. The Flecktones still suffer from the departure of keyboardist/harmonica player Howard Levy, who provided the band with needed additional musical colors and textures."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Vix 9" (Victor Wooten) – 4:27
  2. "At Last We Meet Again" (V. Wooten) – 5:34
  3. "Spunky and Clorissa" (Béla Fleck) – 4:30
  4. "Bumbershoot" (B. Fleck) – 5:22
  5. "Blues For Gordon" (B. Fleck) – 5:16
  6. "Monkey See" (B. Fleck) – 3:16
  7. "The Message" (music: The Flecktones; lyrics: Joe Wooten) – 4:03
  8. "Interlude (Return of the Ancient Ones)" (Future Man) – 2:06
  9. "The Drift" (The Flecktones) – 3:30
  10. "A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel" (B. Fleck) – 6:39
  11. "Peace, Be Still" (V. Wooten) – 4:05
  12. "The Longing" (B. Fleck) – 5:25
  13. "For Now" (B. Fleck) – 2:40


Guest musicians

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 7


  1. ^ a b Cross, Dan. "Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2011.