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The writing hasn't been this strong since, well, the last time Levy was in the band, and because Fleck remains the group's primary composer though everyone contributesit becomes clear that it's always been as much about who he is writing for as what he is writing.Bela Fleck - "At Last We Meet Again"
The tunes are still filled with knotty twists and turns, but there's also a sense of space that's back, right from the first tune, Fleck's breezy "Gravity Lane," which contains no shortage of metric shifts and a baton-like passing of the melody between Fleck, Levy and Wooten, but still seems to breathe in ways the Levy-less Flecktones failed to.
And as Levy's harmonica breathtakingly moves in out and around the song's changes, and as Fleck takes a mind-blowing solo that's as impressive as anything he's ever done, it also becomes clear just how definitive the combination of harmonica, banjo, and sometimes bass in the front line really was to The Flecktones' sound, and how anything else has always felt, somehow, less, no matter how good it was. Having another chordal instrument in the band also liberates Fleck from having to fill too many shoes.
The Flecktones has always been considered a jazz band as much as a jam band, but when Levy left, the harmonic center of the group shifted. On Levy's gentle "Joyful Spring," the ambience of his piano ties it more closely to a tradition that's always been an underlay to the group, but which has become increasingly distant in recent years, while Fleck's "Falling Forward" positively swings.
And while there's no shortage of soloing throughout the hour-long set, the easygoing camaraderie and competitiveness that made The Flecktones' early performances so uplifting and filled with positive energy is back. Futureman, who no longer plays the Drumitar exclusively, gets to take a more extended solo during his own "The Secret Drawer," also incorporating his strange hybrid of drum kit and other percussion so big that it would probably take up the entire back of the van they used to use to transport both the band and its gear in its early days.
Some say you can't go back again, but with Rocket Science, clearly you can. Even the cover art harkens back to the cartoon covers of The Flecktones' early days. With The Flecktones hitting the road during the summer, there's a chance for those who missed the group in its formative years to really hear what all the fuss was about.
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We had a meeting and were throwing around ideas. I was a little disappointed, but it set the stage for me to do a lot of things that have been life and career highlights, like my work with Chick Corea and my duo project with my wife, Abigail Washburn. I did my first banjo concerto a few years ago. I put it off as long as I could and then, finally, it just seemed like the right time—everything came together. The Flecktones were a full-time band when I originally left in And the fact that I had to go to Nashville to rehearse and record meant that I was gone half the year.
I was the only one in the band with kids, and they were little.
We had a little, experimental three-week tour, and it felt good and we all got along great. In terms of arranging our music, it is always cooperative, but I tend to write tunes on my own. The Flecktones had some very fortunate years in the beginning, including shows with the Dead and Jerry Garcia Band. VH1 was just starting, and they took a liking to us and gave us our own show and played our video a lot.
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We also opened up for Chicago and were the opening band for the vocal group Take 6. When Jerry died and all these other bands started coming in to fill that void and created the jamband scene, we were in the midst of that. As a band, we owe a lot to them. In the beginning of The Flecktones, with Howard, the band was so fresh and new. For me, being the youngest, it was such an eye-opening learning experience to be around these virtuosos.
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Howard was the elder of the band. It was through The Flecktones that I became known as a jazz improviser. When Howard left, we became a trio and that pushed us even further.
Jeff Coffin started as just another guest and, when he joined us, he had this very rhythmic style. He was also melodic and he gave us a whole new sound, which brought us to where we are currently. Most of our fans know us from the Jeff era. The Flecktones always intersected with the jamband scene, although, compositionally, our numbers were much more complex.
When I left the band, I think The Flecktones also realized that they had this whole new, big audience and started tailoring their music more toward that—they were opening for Dave Matthews. You have to play to your audience, and the audience fully embraced them, but they also met them halfway a little bit more than when I was in the band.
The keyboards and the harmonies on some of the tunes were a little more intricate early on and, when I left, there was just the banjo and the bass for solos. Originally, we were talking about being a major Flecktones year, but everyone had so much going on that it was hard for them to block out a big chunk of time, so we put that idea on hold.