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Greatest Hits of the 20th Century – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Label: Warner Brothers Record Labels like selling the same music over and over if they can, so they put reissue options into the contracts. The artist tries to put it off as long as possible, and then try to make sure that when it does happen, he likes the way it’s done. Warners allowed us to choose the tracks for …

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Tales from the Acoustic Planet Vol 2, the Bluegrass Sessions

Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Mark Schatz, Stuart Duncan Label: Warner Brothers It had been over 10 years since the making of the Drive album, and by now it was a very highly regarded album. Every time I saw Tony Rice he’d say in that scratchy voice of his – “Hey man, when …

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Left of Cool – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

with Dave Mathews and Amy Grant Label: Warner Brothers Flecktone time once again! Now that we had connected with Jeff Coffin, a fantastic multi instrumentalist who excelled on saxophones, flutes, and bass clarinet, we stuck his shaved head on the cover of the album and we stood on it. He grew to like that over the new 14 years, or …

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Uncommon Ritual

with Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall Label: Sony My pal Edgar Meyer was making recordings for Sony Classical at this time. He had done the marvelous Yo Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor collaboration, Appalacian Waltz, and was now looking for a new setting to explore. We had talked about working together again, and loved the idea of playing with our …

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Tabula Rasa –

with V.M. Bhatt, Jie-Bing Chen, Ronu Majumdar, Poovalur Srinivasan and Sangeeta Shankar Label: Water Lily Acoustics. I was aware of a beautiful recording called Meeting By The River, which featured the meeting of Indian slide guitarist V.M. Bhatt with Ry Cooder. A while later V. M. Bhatt made another lovely recording with Edgar Meyer and Jerry Douglas. These recordings were …

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Live Art – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

includes many guests Label: Warner Brothers The double live album The band was realizing the strength of our live show at this point. We had had so many amazing guests sit in,and people always told us that they felt the live show was preferable to the records. As hard as we worked on making records we could be proud of, …

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Tales From The Acoustic Planet

a solo project featuring Chick Corea, Sam Bush, Bruce Hornsby, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Jerry Douglas, Paul McCandless, Tony Rice, Matt Munde, Victor Wooten and Future Man Label: Warner Brothers My deal with Warner Brothers included the option for occasional solo albums, and it felt like it was time to exercise it. I decided to bring the acoustic side of …

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Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Trio album with Victor Lemonte Wooten and Future Man plus guests Branford Marsalis and Bruce Hornsby Label: Warner Brothers The fourth Flecktones Album At the end of 1992 after 3 nonstop years of intense touring, Howard Levy decided to leave the group. It was a tough moment, and we didn’t know if we could survive his departure, at the time. …

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Solo Banjo Works

with Tony Trischka Label: Rounder Tony and I were both cheerleading the idea of a solo banjo album to Rounder. But it seemed silly and competitive to both do one at the same time. So we decided to play solo together. He did a half hour or so, and I did the same. And we met in the middle playing …

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UFO TOFU – Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

third Flecktones album (the last with Howard Levy) Label: Warner Brothers I wrote a tune on a bus in Europe, and showed it to the guys. In those days if we had a couple of days off, we’d find a place to set up and practice. So knowing we had a day off coming, I was looking for something challenging …