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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in Concert

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have been perfecting a dynamic hybrid of bluegrass, jazz and pop for more than 15 years. Hear the group recorded live in concert, from WXPN and World Cafe Livein Philadelphia.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have practically created their own genre. Fans of the jam-band scene have embraced the ensemble for their virtuoso musicianship and mastery of improvisation.

But the Flecktones' thoroughly modern approach to unorthodox styles has set them apart as a unique group focused upon their own sonic path. In addition to Fleck on banjo, the group includes bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist Future Man and saxophonist Jeff Coffin.

Their eclectic range is well displayed on their most recent release, Hidden Land. The album includes a Bach fugue, a bit of swing, some touches of bluegrass and a dash of progressive rock. That may sound like a daunting mix. But it's all fair game in the limitless musical universe of the Flecktones.

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