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Edgar Meyer/Béla Fleck/Mike Marshall: Uncommon Ritual

Meyer, Fleck and Marshall play a variety of acoustic string instruments and bring to this session backgrounds in a variety of musical genres. Reminiscent of the music on Claude Bolling’s Classical crossover albums in the ’70s or the modern strings of Kronos Quartet, Uncommon Ritual has wider appeal. Not quite classical, or exactly jazz or bluegrass, their original music succeeds by borrowing from these and other genres.

Having performed together since the early ’80s, Meyer and Fleck tighten the teamwork. Classical bassist Meyer has infiltrated bluegrass, country, and soloed on a Hank Jones recording. Bela Fleck, a Grammy-winning banjo master, has led his own groups (including the Flecktones). Mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall collaborated with Dave Grisman from 1979-1984, and with versatile string artists from Grappelli to Kronos Quartet.

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