Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Left Of Cool

Warner Bros.

This is the fifth studio album for the band, and the first in nearly five years… but as it proves, Left Of Cool is quite worth the long wait. (Although, the band says the material for this album was written in a period of eight days!) On LoC, the band puts all its artistry and imagination into work, arriving at fifteen diverse songs — in a range of categories like pop, funk, jazz, folk, rock, and classical — and many tracks amalgamating different formats and genres.

Bela Fleck plays guitar, banjo, and everything else that is stringed. Victor Wooten, considered one of the world’s finest bass players, is phenomenal on bass, and Jeff Coffin’s brass and flute add color and flair to the music. (Future Man, the fourth member, has his job on the drum machine and vocals.) This album also features guest artists Amy Grant and Dave Matthews on some vocal tracks. On the production side, the band maintains its reputation in musical mastery with their fine production and engineering of Left of Cool.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Gary Wittner
    Gary Wittner

    Too Modern for Me. (Invisible Music Records) Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Willard Gayheart & Friends
    Willard Gayheart & Friends

    At Home in the Blue Ridge (Blue Hens Music). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Alex McArtor
    Alex McArtor

    Touch/Are You Alone (Bigmac Records). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Superstar
    Superstar

    Sex, drugs, adultery, murder and finally, redemption – it’s all intertwined in the tale of Trent Davis, the “star” of author Christopher Long‘s latest, Superstar.

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee
    Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

From the Archives