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Rocket Science (Deluxe Edition)

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Rocket Science brings the original Flecktones together for the first time since Howard Levy left the group in 1992. Béla Fleck (banjo) and brothers Victor (bass) and Roy “Future Man” Wooten (drums, drumitar) have continued to tour and record together as the Flecktones since then, but the reintroduction of Levy on harmonica and piano clearly provides a creative boost. Occasionally a single member moves into the spotlight as Future Man does on the percussion solo “The Secret Drawer” or as Victor Wooten does on the melodic “Falani” in which his bass is the lead instrument and the other three lock in behind him. Otherworldly virtuosity fills these tracks while still allowing enough space to let the music breathe. The conversation between banjo and harmonica is particularly crisp on “Gravity Lane,” “Like Water,” and “Bottle Rocket,” “Life In Eleven” follows an energetic Eastern European time signature, and the Middle Eastern-flavored “Sweet Pomegranates” is one of the more dense and adventurous pieces here. Rocket Science is an intoxicating and unclassifiable brew of bluegrass, jazz, classical, blues, and rock.

Customer Reviews

Back to the Future

Hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years since Howard Levy parted ways with the Flecktones but he had no problem stepping right back in. The songs on this CD take me back to 1990 when I first saw these guys play and was totally and completely blown away. The rest is history (and a ton of really great music) but it's SO nice to hear that familiar piano and harmonica sound again!

Great album, very bad encode

The album is great, but Apple has added two seconds to the end of each track, including those that run together, thereby introducing an annoying gap between tracks that are supposed to be gapless. Very disappointing.

Welcome Back, Howard Levy!

I love the Flecktones in any configuration, but have really missed Howard Levy with the group. This is on level as if the Beatles got back together, to me. There aren't enough stars to rate this one. Gift copies to all of your friends.

Rocket Science (Deluxe Edition), Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
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