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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

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United States (1988 – present)

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily group from the United States, that draws equally on , , and , sometimes dubbed “blue-bop.” The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing over 200 concerts per year.

Frontman Béla Fleck plays acoustic and electric s, mixing a bluegrass and sound into a modern al style. Fleck has received Grammy nominations for jazz, bluegrass, , and .

Brothers Victor Wooten and Roy “Future Man” Wooten form the rhythm section. Victor Wooten is widely lauded in jazz circles for his sometimes hyperkinetic slap and pop technique on . Future Man plays percussion using the one and only ‘Synthaxe Drumitar’, a MIDI controller shaped like a guitar.

Membership in The Flecktones is little changed since the band released its eponymous first album.

Harmonica and keyboards player Howard Levy appeared on the Flecktones’ first three albums. After Levy’s departure, Fleck and the Wooten Brothers regrouped on the album Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, the title a reference to the 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest based on Ken Kesey’s novel. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin joined the band beginning with the album Left of Cool.

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