The Melody of Rhythm
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer
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||Bahar||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||6:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Out of the Blue||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||4:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bubbles||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||7:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Melody of Rhythm, Movement 1||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||11:51||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||The Melody of Rhythm, Movement 2||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||6:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Melody of Rhythm, Movement 3||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||9:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cadence||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In Conclusion||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||6:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Then Again||Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer||6:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The Melody of Rhythm features three outstanding performers who have worked in a variety of musical settings. Bela Fleck has introduced his banjo into styles as diverse as modern jazz, classical, and African music. The master tabla player Zakir Hussain has collaborated with numerous artists from different genres, and bassist Edgar Meyer brings together two far-flung traditions — classical and bluegrass — and has teamed up with Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Nickel Creek and others. The centerpiece here is the title cut, which takes up about half of the album. Subtitled “Triple Concerto & Music for Trio,” the three-movement work spotlights virtuoso exchanges between the key players, along with some nice orchestral passages performed by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Fleck, Hussain, and Mayer often play at blinding speed, but it’s nice to hear them work with a slower tempo in the second movement. There are appealing timbral combinations here too: who knew banjo and winds could sound so lovely together, as they do in the third movement? And the album’s six other tracks, sans orchestra, delight as well.
Music at its finest
This album is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with so much musical pollution. Bela, Zakir, and Edgar are all virtuoso's of their instruments. This is a must buy for anyone who enjoys hearing the sounds and expressions of truely gifted musicians coming together and creating art at its finest.
The music is delicious and stimulating to the mind. I could have never thought of a more briliant combination.
I just saw this trio in concert. It was nothing short of amazing. What a beautiful experience.
Born: July 10, 1958 in New York, NY
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s