Live Art

Live Art

by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones


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Live Art is a double-disc, 20-track anthology of live performances by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, spanning four years in the mid-'90s. The song selections cover the group's entire career, ranging from new arrangements of several of classics to covers and seven previously unrecorded originals. There are a couple of vocals on the record, but the core of the album is Fleck & the Flecktones' dynamite instrumental improvisations, where they can demonstrate the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Of special note are the songs that feature jams with Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Bruce Hornsby, who help spur the Flecktones to new heights.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/1996
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624624721
catalogNumber: 46247

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Vocals
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano,Zendrum
John Cowan   Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Steel Drums,Synthesizer Banjo
Howard Levy   Harmonica,Keyboards
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone
Paul McCandless   Bass Clarinet,English Horn,Soprano Saxophone,Sopranino,Soprano (Vocal),Penny Whistle
Victor Wooten   Banjo,Bass,Cello,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Future Man   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Drumitar,Zendrum

Technical Credits

Brian Ahern   Engineer
Armando Anthony Corea   Contributor
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Béla Fleck   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor
David Glasser   Engineer
Kelly   Contributor
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Paul Prestopino   Engineer
Roy Wooten   Arranger
Victor Wooten   Arranger,Composer
Future Man   Composer,Contributor
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Richard Battaglia   Engineer
Andy High   Engineer
Zach Newton   Engineer
Gary Lesh   Artwork
Rob Louis   Engineer
Skip Kent   Engineer
Timothy Haertel   Engineer
Wayne Cooley   Engineer
Dave Glasser   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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Live Art 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album continues to show a sophistication the more you listen to it. After two years of listening I keep finding new tracks which I find have inspiring capabilities. Excellent...for fans of easy to listen to jazz-jam in a unique but easily accessable package
glauver More than 1 year ago
Fleck and his band must be the most versatile musicians in the business. Is this jazz, bluegrass, rock, or fusion? I have no idea. I do know it is great music to edit my digital photos by. Bela is a great bluegrass banjo player but this format is probably where he has made his most lasting musical contributions. Live at the Quick is another fine live effort from the Flecktones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know...for me, it's a contest between Victor Wooten's ''Amazing Grace,'' but the performance of ''The Sinister Minister'' here is probably the best example of The Flecktones as a group--and I think Victor's solo here is actually better than that on ''Amazing Grace''--technically better, anyway...all the solos on this tune are amazing. Check out this won't be the same after it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite CDs. Every song is great. I have several other Bela Fleck CDs but this one is the best. Makes me wonder why AMG doesn't rate it higher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I could say when I heard these guys live for the first time... every single one of them is a genius, and the dynamic they have is without parallel. They are not like anything else you have ever heard, and they are one of the most phenomenal live acts I've witnessed. My favorite track on this album is, without a doubt, Vic Wooten's solo ''Amazing Grace.'' He redefines the bass guitar (actually, all these guys redefine their instruments). For something totally not mainstream, but utterly inspiring, Live Art is a great intro to the ''un-flecked.'' Too bad 5 stars is the highest you can go...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the album I put on when I'm working in my studio and want to get things accomplished. So much energy and expertise in one group! I recommend every album they have every made but this one definitely stands out if you have to buy one. Unforgettable talent and performance by each musician.