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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Little Worlds

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones didn’t set out to record a three-disc album. As Fleck explains in the liner notes of Little Worlds (Columbia), after a 2001 European tour was canceled in the wake of September 11 the bandmembers found themselves with some extra recording time. So they converted Fleck’s Nashville home into a studio and commenced recording what they thought would be an album featuring just the four of them: banjoist Fleck, electric bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist Future Man and saxophonist Jeff Coffin. But artist friends they wanted to play with kept coming through Nashville, and the recording grew into an expansive, globe-spanning production.

And what a glorious musical excursion this is!

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