Bela Fleck: Hoedown

Track

Hoedown

Group

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

CD

Outbound (Columbia CK 62178)

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Musicians:

BĂ©la Fleck (banjo),

Victor Wooton (bass, stereo tenor bass), Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Future Man (synth-axe drumitar), Sandip Burman (tabla), Paul Hanson (bassoon through harmonizer), Paul McCandless (penny whistle), The Love Sponge String Quartet (strings)

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Recorded: Flecktone World Headquarters, CD released in 2000

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Banjoist Fleck and his band the Flecktones demonstrate their trademark eclecticism and versatility by delivering a delightfully idiosyncratic reading of Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown.” Not many bands would give this famous classical composition a funky bass break and articulate the melody with such instruments as penny whistle, tabla, and bassoon, but then not many bands are Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, for whom the unexpected is only to be expected.

Reviewer: Lucy Tauss

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