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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Well done

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

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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