Jingle All The Way – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Victor Lemonte Wooten, Future Man, Jeff Coffin, Edgar Meyer, Andy Statman and The Alash Group Label: Rounder This album was on the bucket list for the Flecktones. We’d started doing Xmas medleys way back in 1989, on our first real tour, before New Grass Revival even disbanded. We thought that making a holiday recording could be a very creative endeavor, …


Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet

Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet (with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee) Label: Nettwerk Records The jury was in, and our unholy combo of instruments was actually endearing; the Sparrow Quartet EP had been well loved, and we all loved playing and hanging out together. We decided to go for it, to make a real record and go out on …


The Enchantment – with Chick Corea

Concord LG (Latin Grammy Winner) I was standing around backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival, where I was playing with Stanley Clarke and Jean Luc Ponty, when Ted Kurland walked up to chat. He mentioned that next year, my hero Chick Corea was looking to tour in a duo format, and I was on the list of possible collaborators. That …


The Sparrow Quartet (EP) – Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet

with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee Label: Nettwerk Records. This project came out of a trip to China I took with my girlfriend at the time (now we are married) Abigail Washburn. She invited three musicians to China to play with her, Ben Sollee, Casey Driessen and myself. We knew it would be a weird line-up for a band, but …


The Hidden Land – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones – SONY.

It felt like it was time to go back to just the four of us again, after our ‘community’ records, with lots of guests (Little Worlds and Outbound). We went back to the roots for a final album of stripped down original music with Jeff Coffin in the line-up. Music


Music for Two – with Edgar Meyer recorded Live – SONY.

Edgar and I decided it was time to play together some more, and this time as a duo. My little brother Sascha got tapped to road manager the tour, and he agreed only on the condition that he be allowed to film a documentary about us, and not a puff piece, either. In fact he promised to make us look …


Little Worlds – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

with the Chieftains, Bobby McFerrin and many other guests Label: Sony We started recorded stuff for this and before we knew it we had way more than we needed for an album. Sony folks came down from New York to give it a listen and said – ‘hey why don’t you put it all out?’ I wasn’t expecting this response …


Live at the Quick – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Victor Lemonte Wooten, Future Man and Jeff Coffin, with Paul McCandless, Paul Hansen, Sandip Burman, Andy Narell, and Kongar-ol Ondar Label: Columbia The idea that we should make a live DVD came about through the support of an old friend of mine from New Grass days, Joanne Gardner. She was now the head of video for Sony Records. Without Joanne, …


Perpetual Motion – Classical music

with Joshua Bell, Evelyn Glennie, John Williams, Edgar Meyer, Gary Hoffman and Chris Thile Label: Sony Classical. This CD was my chance to learn and perform true classical pieces on the banjo. Pieces by Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Scarlatti and Paganini were included. Edgar helped me with the production and the arrangements. And I was able to play with some …


Outbound – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Label: Columbia What a difference a year makes. We had moved to Sony Records, after a bidding war between three major labels. Sony had the bonus aspect of being a place where I could record on the classical side for Peter Gelb, who worked with Edgar. At this time Branford Marsalis was heading up the Jazz side, and we also …