Bela Fleck, The Ripple Effect, by David Hicks


The Ripple Effect

Bela Fleck is one of those musicians who has incorporated his playing ability into a variety of musical styles.  Not content with just performing the standard banjo fodder of country and bluegrass music, he has applied his instrument to classical (if you’ve never heard a Bach Partita played on banjo before, you should check out this video), and Jazz- his prowess earned Bela Fleck & The Flecktones the Miles Davis Award at the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival.
In 2009 Bela began branching out into the roots of African Music and released the Throw Down Your Heart sessions as a DVD/CD set documenting his journey across Africa to research the origins of the banjo.  During this time, world-renowned kora player, Toumani Diabate was not available but subsequently joined Bela Fleck for a tour which resulted in the 180 gram, double LP, The Ripple Effect.  This is an excellent recording that captures the spontaneity and world-class proficiency of two musicians playing at the top of their game.

As of this writing, I do not see the album on Qobuz, but check out this YouTube video. The audio seems clearer to me than the YouTube clip with video of the two performing together, and this is listed as (Official Audio)

And, as you have lots of time on your hands, and ears, if you like Dobro and steel slide guitar playing, and you’re not acquainted with Cindy Cashdollar, check out her LP, Waltz for Abilene, especially tracks 7 & 8.

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