Béla Fleck & The Flecktones: Scratch & Sniff
Scratch & Sniff
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Outbound (Columbia CK 62178)
BĂ©la Fleck (banjo),
Jeff Coffin (sax), Paul Hanson (bassoon), Victor Wooten (bass), Future Man (drums), Andy Narell (steel pans), The Love Sponge String Quartet (strings).
Composed by Béla Fleck & Victor Wooten.
Recorded: Nashville, TN; released 2000
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Let's get down and funky, Weather Report-style with Béla Fleck & The Flecktones! "Scratch & Sniff," you say? OK. Well, there's a little Weather Report in the intro and a lot of Flecktones the rest of the way in this down-&-dirty bass-dominated cut. Bassist Victor Wooten takes the spotlight, offering up several different funk recipes. Gutbucket stuff. There is some electronic noise and jazz sax wailing from Jeff Coffin. Steel pan player Andy Narell engages in call-&-response and unison playing. Fleck's banjo arpeggios, which he always seems to prefer over single-note runs, are prevalent. One of those arpeggios is joined by his compadres and played over and over, faster and faster, louder and louder. It sounds real cool and powerful. If you can have fun and play strong music at the same time, you should go for it. These guys do that pretty much every time out.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky