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Life Changer

When this album arrived on my turntable at 15 years old (1979), it changed my life. Just as innovative for it's time as anything Bela is doing now.....always pushing the banjo envelope. I always enjoyed the traditional leanings of his playing on this album and then you hear him tackle Chick Corea's 'Spain'...this album simply drove my passion for the banjo. So glad to see and hear this in digital form as my old LP is shot and worn out. This album, along with Natural Bridge and Drive are the modern day equivalent to Earl's 'Foggy Mountain Banjo' album. They set a new standard as well as providing new instrumentals that have become bluegrass standards. I have followed Bela from this album on....he's never quit raising the bar for the banjo and here is some of the early roots of that creativity.


Born: July 10, 1958 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Premier banjo player Béla Fleck is considered one of the most innovative pickers in the world and has done much to demonstrate the versatility of his instrument, which he uses to play everything from traditional bluegrass to progressive jazz. He was named after composer Béla Bartok and was born in New York City. Around age 15, Fleck became fascinated with the banjo after hearing Flatt & Scruggs' "Ballad of Jed Clampett" and Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell's "Dueling Banjos," and his grandfather...
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