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Customer Reviews

Wow. If you like modern bluegrass, this is it...

Bela is a force of nature, but he can go off the deep end, from time to time. To me, "Drive" is perfect. It is a terrific blend of modern and traditional that just simply works. And the musicians are, of course, simply the best there are. If you have only one Bela CD, this should be the one.


This is some of the best bluegrass I've ever heard. It's just "newgrass"-y enough to be interesting without being self-indulgent. And the instrumentalists are all excellent. Key Tracks: Whitewate, Slipstream, Up Around the Bend, The Legend, The Lights of Home


Drive is simple beautiful. Béla had been stretching the boundaries of the banjo for years, and with this album presented an accumulation of everything he had been discovering. A must have for any long drive, it is a stunning instrumental album that expands on the Bluegrass musical vocabulary and features the best of the best musicians in the genre. The talents and imagination of his companions, whom all have played together for years, highlight Béla’s compositions. The camaraderie is infectious, and the music, while complicated and intricate, is soothing and fun to listen to.


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,"...
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