This morning I mentioned Bela Fleck’s Live at the Quick DVD to some of the college students that play in our worship orchestra. Specifically, we were talking about the funk bassoon and jazz English horn… yeah, it’s a REALLY eclectic group!
It then occurred to me that I’ve never taken the time to mention on my blog that this is my very favorite DVD ever created. I could seriously watch it just about every day (and at times in the past, I’ve definitely done that). Has there ever been such a gathering of people who are among the very best at what they do? Here’s a sampling of the skills on stage with the Flecktones on that album:
- Béla Fleck, the world’s greatest banjo player
- Jeff Coffin, who can groove in absolutely any meter
- Victor Wooten, one of the best bassists ever
- Future Man (aka Roy Wooten, Vic’s brother), world’s best (and possibly only) synth-axe drumitar player
- Sandip Burman, maestro of the tabla
- Kongar-ool Ondar, world’s happiest Tuvan throat singer
- Paul Hanson, jazz/funk bassoon extraordinaire
- Paul McCandless, woodwind specialist
- Andy Narell, steelpan virtuoso
I highly recommend you purchase this DVD. It will blow your mind! Yes, they do some “wierd” stuff, but it never comes across as being done purely for the novelty of doing something original. Everything they play just sounds AWESOME!
Here are a couple samples from the concert. First up is “Scratch & Sniff”, with the aforementioned funk bassoon solo. Notice that the bassoon and tenor sax are both run through an effects pedal, allow them to play with varying amounts of distortion, delay, and polyphonics. Bonus points for anyone who can figure out the time signature during the solo section in the middle of the piece:
Next up is “Lover’s Leap”, featuring steelpans and jazz English horn. Seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day weekend:
Last for today is one of the concert’s soloists: Vic Wooten playing his famous arrangement of “Amazing Grace”. Even the parts that sound easy are incredibly difficult (in case you aren’t familiar with playing harmonics).
This list doesn’t even include my two favorite selections from the DVD, but I’ll stop here… now go buy it!