Béla Fleck Jingle All The Way


Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his Flecktones bandmates – Victor Wooten, Futureman and Jeff Coffin – are currently touring the U.S. in support of Jingle All The Way (Rounder), one of the best-reviewed holiday records of the year. This week, the album hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, following two Grammy® nominations for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" and "Best Country Instrumental Performance" (for "Sleigh Ride").

Produced by Fleck, Jingle All The Way is the first holiday record of the Flecktones 20-year career and features Tuvan throat singers, longtime collaborator Edgar Meyer and klezmer king Andy Statman. Catch Béla Fleck & the Flecktones on Late Night with Conan O'Brien December 22.

"This one will make any inattentive holiday party guests sit up and take notice." – Los Angeles Times

"Growling Tuvan throat singing takes over 'Jingle Bells.' 'Silent Night' becomes modal jazz with abstruse harmonies. 'The 12 Days of Christmas' zigzags through a maze of meter shifts and key changes (perhaps 'The 12 Tones of Christmas'?). And Tchaikovsky's 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies' pings its melody in harmonics from Béla Fleck's banjo... the song choices are eclectic... and the arrangements even more so. Give these musicians a musical parameter and they'll toy with it." – The New York Times

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones "The Holiday Tour"
12.10 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
12.11 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
12.12 Fairfield, CT Quick Center fro the Arts
12.13 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
12.14 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center
12.16 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center
12.17-21 New York, NY Blue Note


[Published on: 12/10/08]

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chesirecat3 Wed 12/10/2008 10:01AM
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although old news. Its still awesome news for us east coast folk. Thanks Bela

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 10:05AM
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does sound great, noreasters arnt the only ones that celebrate christmas though flecktones. how about playing for the home team? Maybe we will get a suprise show at grimey's or somthing.

iwantstogetfunkedup Wed 12/10/2008 01:26PM
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I love the Flecktones, BUT a Christmas album??!! Really?! Even with their unwavering creativity, I don't think even the Flecktones and Bela can save the obnoxiousness that is Christmas music. I will have to pass... I still am waiting and hoping for a Strength in Numbers reunion disc/tour. Now that would be the shit.

Phunky Irish starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 01:54PM
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Phunky Irish

Before you knock it, try it first, you will see its a blessing and not a curse.... This album keeps the composure of the band and ingites a little holiday spirit :)Hopefully I can catch a show!!!

bill12 Wed 12/10/2008 02:40PM
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that cool he is on conan

canoftunapudding Wed 12/10/2008 06:30PM
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I hear them sleigh bells ringin a jing jing jingin-along

Trevor starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 07:18PM
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One of the better tracks on this album is a free download on amazon.com. Just fyi.

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listen to linus and lucy at least :)

z man starstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 05:50AM
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Yeah and there is a bethoven cover. I think the album is great.

elBerto Thu 12/11/2008 09:08AM
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I've always thought my holiday music collection was missing some Tuvan throat singing. Thanks to Bela!

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/12/2008 12:11AM
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i'm sure this dude, and this band could pull off a great album...i actually like christmas songs, if the holiday wasn't so materialistic i would enjoy the environment that it brings

jlagut Fri 12/12/2008 07:57AM
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I caught a show in San Francisco and it was killer! Nice interplay, great solos, and believe it or not, the christmas music was hip. 12 Days Of Christmas will blow your mind live.

futhepharmer Fri 12/12/2008 09:08AM
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what's wrong with a Christmas Album? And a kick-ass one ta boot. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have this playing at the family gathering than some stale old shit.

gregboyer starstarstarstar Sat 12/13/2008 07:13AM
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futhepharmer I'm with you man. After listening to the crappy holiday music at my job, it's good to hear some done right. Some other good CDs are Jethro Tull, Chuck Leavell, and moe's Christmas CDS.