|Genres:||Classical Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||bluegrass banjo jazz fusion instrumental seen live|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Béla Anton Leos Fleck, 10 July 1958, New York City, New York, USA. Fleck and his Flecktones have been credited with expanding the parameters of the banjo by combining traditional bluegrass with jazz and classical music, similar to what David Grisman did with the mandolin. Inspired by the song Duelin Banjos in the movie Deliverance, Fleck took up the banjo at an early age before moving to Boston to play with the group Tasty Licks. In 1981 he relocated to Nashville, joining the influential New Grass Revival, with whom he stayed for eight years. In 1989, he formed the Flecktones with Howard Levy (keyboards/harmonica), Victor Wooten (bass) and Roy Futureman Wooten (drumitar - a guitar wired to electric drums). The groups debut album for Warner Brothers Records sold over 50, 000 copies and reached the Top 20 on the Billboard jazz charts. Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis have both guested on subsequent Flecktones...