Banjoiste US né Béla Anton Leos Fleck le 10 Juillet 1958 ŕ New York.
banjo player Béla Fleck is considered one of the most innovative pickers in the
world and has done much to demonstrate the versatility of his instrument, which
he uses to play everything from traditional bluegrass to progressive jazz. He
was named after composer Béla Bartok and was born in New York City. Around age
15, Fleck became fascinated with the banjo after hearing
Flatt & Scruggs' "Ballad of Jed Clampett"
and Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell's "Dueling Banjos," and his grandfather
soon gave him one. While attending the High School of Music and Art in New York,
Fleck worked on adapting bebop music for the banjo.
Fleck always had diverse musical interests, and his own style was influenced by Tony Trischka, Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, the Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, the Byrds, and Little Feat. After graduation, he joined the Tasty Licks, a group from Boston. They recorded two albums and dissolved in 1979. Afterwards, Fleck joined the Kentucky band Spectrum. That year, only five years after he took up the instrument, he made his solo recording debut with Crossing the Tracks, which the Readers' Poll in Frets magazine named Best Overall Album. In 1982, he joined New Grass Revival and stayed with them until the end of the decade. During this time, his reputation continued to grow and in 1990, Frets magazine added his name to their Hall of Greats. In 1988, one of his compositions, "Drive" (from the album New Grass Revival), was nominated for a Grammy.
Fleck, mandolin player Sam Bush, fiddler Mark O'Connor, bassist Edgar Meyer, and Dobro player Jerry Douglas teamed up in 1989 to form Strength in Numbers and record The Telluride Sessions. Late that year, Fleck was asked by PBS television to play on the upcoming Lonesome Pine Special; in response he gathered together a veritable "dream team" of musicians to form the Flecktones. The original members included Howard Levy, who played piano, harmonica, and ocarina, among other instruments; bass guitarist Victor Lemonte Wooten, and his brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten on the drumitar, an electronic drum shaped like a guitar. Though the special wasn't aired until 1992, the Flecktones recorded their eponymous debut album in 1990 and followed it up with Flight of the Cosmic Hippo (1991).
In 1993, they released their third album, UFO Tofu, which featured music blending different genres ranging from bluegrass to R&B to worldbeat. In 1995, they released Tales from the Acoustic Planet; Left of Cool followed in 1998, and Tales from the Acoustic Planet 2: The Bluegrass Sessions was released a year later. Outbound followed in mid-2000. Busy and prolific, Fleck released an album of classical pieces, Perpetual Motion, in late 2001, followed by Live at the Quick in 2002, the ambitious double-disc Little Worlds (and its truncated single-disc version, Ten from Little Worlds) in 2003, and Music for Two (with bassist Edgar Meyer) in 2004. Hidden Land, another album with the Flecktones, appeared on Columbia Records in 2006. The band released its' first holiday collection in 2008, appropriately titled Jingle All the Way. The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio appeared in 2009 from Koch Records, which teamed Fleck with cellist/bassist Edgar Meyer and the Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain along with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra directed by Leonard Slatkin.
Fleck was also part of Washburn's Sparrow Quartet (with cellist Ben Sollee and fiddle player Casey Driessen), which, sponsored by the U.S. government, toured China and released Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet in 2008. Also that year, Fleck went to Africa to take part in a documentary film directed by his half-brother Sascha Paladino and collaborated with over 40 of the continent's finest musicians, including D'Gary, Baaba Maal, Vusi Mahlasela, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, and Oumou Sangare in Tanzania, Gambia, Mali, and Uganda. In 2009, Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions -- both a film and recording -- was released to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. Fleck reunited the original Flecktones for the spring 2011 release Rocket Science, and toured with the band as well as the trio with Hussain and Meyer, which resulted in the concert album The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio. In 2012, Fleck collaborated with the Marcus Roberts Trio, recording the co-billed Across the Imaginary Divide. Ever ambitious, he composed both an orchestral concerto and a chamber work around his banjo playing, and performed and recorded with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, respectively. The recording appeared as The Imposter in August of 2013.
Fleck's next recording was also a double-billed collaborative effort with his wife, fellow banjo maestro and composer Abigail Washburn. The self-titled recording featured originals, traditional songs, and a thoroughly reimagined medley of two sections of Béla Bartok's For Children combined with his Children's Dance. The album was released by Rounder in October of 2014. The late summer of 2015 saw the release of Two on Concord, a duet album between the banjoist and pianist Chick Corea. It was compiled from over seven years of their live performances. In 2017, Fleck released the contemplative Juno Concerto. Named for his firstborn son, the album was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, and included a pair of tracks with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet. That same year, Fleck and Washburn collaborated with the dance theater troupe Pilobus for an original work commissioned by the American Dance Theater entitled Echo in the Valley. The title, as well as some of the material, adorned Washburn's and Fleck's second duo offering. It featured the pair performing on seven different banjos "ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo." With an emphasis on three-finger and clawhammer styles, the arrangements reflected the necessity of being performed live. Outside of a few adaptations of traditional tunes, including Clarence Ashley's "My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" (transformed into a blues), and a studio recording of their oft-played live medley "Sally in the Garden"/"Molly Put the Kettle On," the remainder of the material was co-written by Washburn and Fleck and reflects various narrative points of view and historical and topical concerns. Echo in the Valley was issued in October 2017.
In January 2020, Fleck released a previously unissued collaborative album, The Ripple Effect, with kora master Toumani Diabate from their 22-city 2010 tour as part of the three-disc/one-DVD compilation Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions. In 2021, after decades of exploring various different genres and styles, Fleck revisited his bluegrass roots with My Bluegrass Heart. Among the album's numerous guests were star instrumentalists like Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Sierra Hull, and Chris Thile.
Talents : Banjo, Leader
Style musical : New Acoustic, Contemporary Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Jazz Fusion, Post-Bop
Years in activity :
|1979||LP 12" ROUNDER 0121 (US)||CROSSING THE TRACKS - Dear Old Dixie / Inman Square / Texas Barbeque / Growling Old Man And The Grumbling Old Woman / Spain / Crossing The Tracks / Spring Thaw / How Can You Face Me Now / Twilight / Frosty Morning / Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow|
|1981||LP 12" ROUNDER 0124 (US)||FIDDLE TUNES FOR BANJO - TONY TRISCHKA, BILL KEITH & Béla FLECK - Bill Cheatham (Tony TRISCHKA, Bill KEITH & Béla FLECK) / Dust On The Needle (Tony TRISCHKA) / Paddy Kelly's Jig (Tony TRISCHKA) / Fiddler's Dream (Béla FLECK) / Barbara's Waltz (Béla FLECK) / Salty (Béla FLECK) / Clinging Vine (Bill KEITH) / Black Mountain Rag (Tony TRISCHKA) / Mead Mountain Blues (Bill KEITH) / Vanished (Tony TRISCHKA) / Silverbell (Béla FLECK) / Christmas Jig (Béla FLECK) / Plain Brown Jig (Béla FLECK) / Jolly Waffle Man (Bill KEITH) / Old Sandy River Belle (Tony TRISCHKA) / Panhandle Country (Bill KEITH)|
|1982||LP 12" ROUNDER 0146 (US)||NATURAL BRIDGE - Punch Drunk / Flexibility / Dawg's Due / Day Break / Bitter Gap / October Winds / Crossfire / Applebutter / Old Hickory Waltz / Rocky Road / The Natural Bridge Suite|
|1984||LP 12" ROUNDER 0181 (US)||DOUBLE TIME - Spunk (with Mark O'CONNOR) / Black Forest (with David GRISMAN) / Double Play (with Tony RICE) / Lowdown (with Edgar MEYER) / The Bullfrog Shuffle (with Mark SCHATZ) / Another Morning (with Jerry DOUGLAS) / Light Speed (with Mike MARSHALL) / Sweet Rolls (with John HARTFORD) / Ladies And Gentleman (with Darol ANGER) / Right As Rain (with Pat FLYNN) / Far Away (with Mike MARSHALL) / Ready To Go (with Ricky SKAGGS) / The Fast Lane (with Sam BUSH)|
|1984||LP 12" ROUNDER 0196 (US)||DEVIATION - Béla FLECK & The NEW GRASS REVIVAL - Deviation / Reverie / Nuns For Nixon / Malone / Moontides / Ambrose / Omac / Jalmon With Salmon / Mbanza / Places|
|1986||LP 12" ROUNDER 0219 (US)||INROADS - Toninio / Somerset / Cecata / Four Wheel Drive / Ireland / Perplexed / The Old Country / Hudson's Bay / Close To Home|
|1988||CD ROUNDER CD-0255 (US)||DRIVE - Whitewater / Slipstream / Up And Around The Bend / Natchez Trace / See Rock City / The Legend / The Lights Of Home / Down In The Swamp / Sanctuary / The Open Road / Crucial County Breakdown|
|1988||CD ROUNDER CD-11518 (US)||DAYBREAK - Texas Barbeque / Spain / Twilight / Reading In The Dark / Growling Old Man And The Grumbling Old Woman / How Can You Face Me? / Bill Cheatham / Christina's Jig - Plain Brown Jig / Silver Bell / Fiddler's Dream / Daybreak / Dawg's Due / Flexibility / Old Hickory Waltz / Crossfire / Applebutter / The Natural Bridge Suite / Punch Drunk|
|1988||CD ROUNDER CD-11522 (US)||PLACES - Deviation / Reverie / Nuns For Nixon / Malone / Moontides / Another Morning / Lowdown / The Bullfrog Shuffle / Places / Snakes Alive / Ladies And Gentleman / Light Speed / Ireland / Four Wheel Drive / Perplexed / The Old Country / Hudson's Bay / Close To Home|
|02/1990||CD WARNER BROS. 2-26124 (US)||Béla FLECK & THE FLECKTONES - Sea Brazil / Frontiers / Hurricane Camille / Half Moon Bay / The Sinister Minister / Sunset Road / Flipper / Space Is A Lonely Place / They're Here / Reflections Of Lucy / Tell It To The Gov'nor|
|06/1191||CD WARNER BROS. 2-26562 (US)||FLIGHT OF THE COSMIC HIPPO - Blu-Bop / Flying Saucer Dudes / Turtle Rock / Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo / The Star Spangled Banner / Star Of The County Down / Jekyll And Hyde (And Ted And Alice) / Michelle / Hole In The Wall / Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo (reprise)|
|08/1992||CD WARNER BROS. 2-45016 (US)||UFO TOFU - The West County / Sex In A Pan / Nemo's Dream / Bonnie & Slyde / Scuttlebutt / UFO Tofu / Magic Fingers / True North / Life Without Elvis / Seresta / The Yee-Haw Factor / After The Storm|
|07/1992||CD ROUNDER CD-0247 (US)||
Solo Banjo Works - Tony TRISCHKA - Bela FLECK - Tony TRISCHKA : Ruben's Wah Wah / 2 Fourteen / Liberec / Free Improvision No. 2 / Assunta / Old Joe Clark - June Apple / Max And Gus / Beaumont Rag / Kingfisher's Wing / Earl Scruggs Medley / Jeff Davis Medley / Yaha Yaha / Beatles Medley / Rings Of Satur / Tony & Bela : Green Willis - Whiskey Before Breakfast / Killer Bees On Caffeine / Bela FLECK : Oa And Opa / Solaris / Flapperatte - Red Pepper-Spicy Rag / Triplet Fever / Bach Violin Partita In D Minor (Bwv 1004) / Did You Ever Meet Gary Owen Uncle Joe? / Middle Eastern Medley /Twisted Teen / Au Lait
|09/1993||CD WARNER BROS. 45328-2 (US)||THREE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - Vix 9 / At Last We Meet Again / Spunky And Clorissa / Bumbershoot / Blues For Gordon / Monkey See / The Message / Interlude [Return Of The Ancient Ones] / The Drift / A Celtic Medley: Meridian - Traveling Light - Salamander's Reel / Peace Be Still / The Longing / For Now|
|04/1995||CD WARNER BROS. 45854-2 (US)||TALES FROM THE ACOUSTIC PLANET - Up And Running / First Light / The Great Circle Route / Circus Of Regrets / Three Bridges Home / The Landing / Arkansas Traveler / Backwoods Galaxy / In Your Eyes / System Seven / Cheeseballs In Cowtown / Bicyclops / Jayme Lynn / For Sascha|
|09/1996||CD WARNER BROS. 46247-2 (US)|| LIVE ART :
|1996||CD Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-44-CD (US)||Tabula Rasa - Jie-Bing Chen - Mohan Bhatt - Béla Fleck - Carukesi; Emperor's Mare; Radha Krsna Lila; John Hardy; Tabula Rasa; Geocentricity; The Way Of Love; Earl In Shanghai; Water Gardens; The Jade Princess; The Dancing Girl|
|06/1998||CD WARNER BROS. 46896-2 (US)||LEFT OF COOL - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - Throwdown At The Hoedown / Communication / Big Country / Sojourn Of Arjuna / Let Me Be The One / Trane To Conamarra / Almost 12 / Step Quiet / Oddity / Sleeping Dogs Lie / Trouble And Strife / Slow Walker / Shanti / The Big Blink / Prelude To Silence|
|06/1999||CD WARNER BROS. 47332-2 (US)||THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS - TALES FROM THE ACOUSTIC PLANET - VOLUME 2 - Blue Mountain Hop / Buffalo Nickel / When Joy Kills Sorrow / Spanish Point / Polka On The Banjo / Clarinet Polka / The Over Grown Waltz / Ode To Earl / Home Sweet Home / Valley Of The Rogue / Plunky's Lament / Maura On A Bicycle, Stout And Molasses, Way Back When / Dark Circles / Old Jellico, Puddle Jumper, Dead Man's Hill / Katmandu / Do You Have Room? / Foggy Mountain Special / Major Honker|
|11/1999||CD WARNER BROS. 47301-2 (US)||GREATEST HITS OF THE 20TH CENTURY - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - The Sinister Minister / Stomping Grounds [live] / Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo / Shocktime / Sex In A Pan / The Yee-Haw Factor / Road House Blues / Vix 9 / Communication / Big Country / Sunset Road|
|1999||CD ROUNDER 0124 (US)||FIDDLE TUNES FOR BANJO - TONY TRISCHKA, BILL KEITH & Béla FLECK - Bill Cheatham (Tony TRISCHKA, Bill KEITH & Béla FLECK) / Dust On The Needle (Tony TRISCHKA) / Paddy Kelly's Jig (Tony TRISCHKA) / Fiddler's Dream (Béla FLECK) / Barbara's Waltz (Béla FLECK) / Salty (Béla FLECK) / Clinging Vine (Bill KEITH) / Black Mountain Rag (Tony TRISCHKA) / John Hardy (Tony TRISCHKA, Bill KEITH & Béla FLECK) / Mead Mountain Blues (Bill KEITH) / Vanished (Tony TRISCHKA) / Silverbell (Béla FLECK) / Christmas Jig (Béla FLECK) / Plain Brown Jig (Béla FLECK) / Jolly Waffle Man (Bill KEITH) / Old Sandy River Belle (Tony TRISCHKA) / Panhandle Country (Bill KEITH) / Salt Creek (Tony TRISCHKA, Bill KEITH & Béla FLECK)|
|07/2000||CD COLUMBIA 62178 (US)||OUTBOUND - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - Intro / Hoedown / A Moment So Close / Zona Mona / Hall Of Mirrors / Earth Jam / Something She Said / Ovombo Summit / Aimun / Prelude / Lover's Leap / Outbound / Scratch & Sniff / Shuba Yatra / That Old Thing / Reprise|
|10/2001||CD COLUMBIA CK-89610 (US)||PERPETUAL MOTION - Keyboard Sonata In C Major K. 159 (with Chris THILE) / Two-Part Invention No. 13 / Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum / Mazurka In F-Sharp Minor / Partita No. 3 For Solo Violin (Prelude) / Etude In C-Sharp Minor / Mazurka In F-Sharp Minor / Three-Part Invention No. 10 / Melody In E-Flat (with Edgar MEYER) / "Presto In G Minor 1 After Bach" / Suite For Unaccompanied Cello No. 1 (Prelude) / Three-Part Invention No. 15 / Moto Perpetuo (with Edgar MEYER) / Keyboard Sonata In D Minor K. 213 / Two-Part Invention No. 6 / "Adagio Sostenuto" / Two Part Invention No. 11 (with Evelyn GLENNIE) / Seven Variations On "God Save The King" (with John WILLIAMS) / Three-Part Invention No. 7 / Moto Perpetuo (Bluegrass) (with Bryan SUTTON)|
|02/2002||CD COLUMBIA CK-86355 (US)||LIVE AT THE QUICK - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - That Old Thing (Intro) - Earth Jam / Zona Mona / Ovombo Summit / Hall Of Mirrors / Scratch & Sniff / Improv -Amazing Grace / Big Country / Interlude / Lover's Leap / Alash Khem (Alash River Song) / A Moment So Close / Improv - Prelude From Bach Violin Partita #3 / Intro / Hoedown|
|08/2003||3 CD COLUMBIA C3K-86353 (US)|| LITTLE WORLDS -
Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES
|08/2003||CD COLUMBIA CK-90539 (US)||TEN FROM LITTLE WORLDS - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - Bil Mon / Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Pineapple Heart / Snatchin' / Next / The Leaning Tower / Puffy / Sherpa / Off The Top (The Gravity Wheel) / Off The Top (Line Dance)|
|04/2004||CD COLUMBIA CK-92106 (US)||MUSIC FOR TWO - Béla FLECK & EDGER MEYER - Bug Tussle / Invention No. 10, BMV 796 / Pile-Up / Prelude No. 24, BMV 869 / Solar / Blue Spruce / Canon / The One I Left Behind / Menuett I-II, BMV 825 / Prelude No. 2, BMV 847 / Palmyra / The Lake Effect / Largo (From Sonata) / Allegro Vivace (From Sonata) / Wrong Number / Woolly Mammoth / Wishful Thinking / Obstinato: Making Music For Two / Green Slime [DVD] / Happy Drum Drum Monkey Girl [DVD]|
|11/2004||3 CD SONY JAZZ 5186852 (US)|| OUTBOUND / LIVE AT
/ TEN FROM LITTLE WORLDS -
Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES
|02/2006||CD COLUMBIA CK-96417 (US)||THE HIDDEN LAND - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - Fugue From Prelude - Fugue No. 20 In A Minor, BWV 889 / P'lod In The House / Rococo / Labyrinth / Kaleidoscope / Who's Got Three? / Weed Whacker / Couch Potato / Chennai / Subterfuge / Interlude / Misunderstood / The Whistle Tune|
|09/2008||CD ROUNDER 11661-0616 (US)||JINGLE ALL THE WAY - Béla FLECK & The FLECKTONES - Jingle Bells / Silent Night / Sleigh Ride / The Christmas Song / The Twelve Days Of Christmas / J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratio: Ich Will Nur Zu Ehren Leben / Christmas Time Is Here / Linus And Lucy / Jingle Bells (reprise) / The Hanukkah Waltz / Danse Of The Sugar Plum Fairies / What Child Is This - Dyngyldai / O Come All Ye Faithful / Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / River|
|03/2009||CD ROUNDER 11661-0634-2 (US)||Throw Down Your Heart - Tales From The Acoustic Planet - Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions - Tulinesangala; Kinetsa; Ah Ndiya; Kabibi; Angelina; D'Gary Jam; Throw Down Your Heart; Thula Mama; Wairenziante; Buribalal; Zawose; Ajula/Mbamba; Pakugyenda Balebauo; Jesus Is The Only Answer; Matitu; Mariam; Djorolen; Dunia Haina Wema/Thumb Fun|
|08/2009||CD KOCH KOCCD 2024 (US)||Melody of Rhythm - Triple Concerto & Music for Trio - Béla Fleck / Zakir Hussain / Edgar Meyer -Babar, For tabla with banjo & double bass / Out Of The Blue, for banjo, tabla & double bass / Bubbles, for banjo with tabla & double bass / Movement 1 / Movement 2 / Movement 3 / Cadence, for banjo, tabla & double bass / In Conclusion, for banjo, tabla & double bass / Then Again, for double bass with banjo & tabla|
|05/2011||CD E One 2133 (US)||Rocket Science - Gravity Lane / Prickly Pear / Joyful Spring / Life In Eleven / Falling Forward / Storm Warning / Like Water / Earthling Parade / The Secret Drawer / Sweet Pomegranates / Falani / Bottle Rocket|
|06/2012||CD ROUNDER 191422 (US)||Across the Imaginary Divide - Béla Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio - Some Roads Lead Home / I'm Gonna Tell You This Story One More Time / Across The Imaginary Divide / Let Me Show You What To Do / Petunia / Topaika / One Blue Truth / Let's Go / Kalimba / The Sunshine And The Moonlight / That Old Thing / That Ragtime Feeling|
|08/2013||CD Island / Mercury 001871102 (US)||
The Impostor - The Impostor Concerto, for banjo and symphony orchestra : Infiltration / Integration / Truth Revealed / Night Flight Over Water, for banjo and string quartet : Tumbledown Creek / Hunter's Moon / The Escape
|10/2014||CD ROUNDER 613626 (US)||Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Railroad / Ride To You / What'cha Gonna Do / Little Birdie / New South Africa / Pretty Polly / Shotgun Blues / For Children: No. 3 Quasi Adagio / No. 10 Allegro Molto-Children's Dance / And Am I Born To Die / Banjo Banjo / What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? / Bye Bye Baby Blues|
|09/2015||2 CD Concord CJA 3799202 (US)||
TWO - Chick Corea & Béla
|03/2017||CD ROUNDER 1166100200 (US)||
Juno Concerto - Juno Concerto : Movement I / Movement II / Movement III / Griff / Quintet For Banjo And Strings : Movement II
|10/2017||CD ROUNDER 610029 (US)||
Echo in the Valley - Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Over The Divide / Take Me To Harlan / Let It Go / Don't Let It Bring You Down / Sally In The Garden - Big Country - Molly Put The Kettle On / My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Hello Friend / If I Could Talk To A Younger Me / On This Winding Road / Come All You Coal Miners / Bloomin' Rose
|03/2020||3 CD + 1 DVD Craft CR00261 (US)||
Throw Down Your Heart - The Complete Africa Sessions :
|03/2020||2 LP 12" Craft CR 00287 (US)||
The Ripple Effect - Toumani
Diabaté / Béla
|09/2021||2 CD BMG 4050538689228 (US)||
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