Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Album of the Day

Flight of the Cosmic Hippo, by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (1991): Bela and the boys cover so much stylistic ground, that it's hard to locate a definitive Flecktone album. For the Howard Levy era, at least, this it probably it. You've got the slow grooving title track (and reprise) that became a concert favorite, the energetic lead off that was adopted as a stylistic description ("Blu-Bop"), and a well worked Beatles cover ("Michelle"). Oh, and "The Star Spangled Banner." If you've ever wondered what the hell "jazz banjo" would sound like, this is a pretty good place to find out. Plus, the Wooten brothers are gods among men.

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