Words & Images by: Bryan Lasky
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones / Chick Corea Elektric Band :: 8.5.17 :: The Egg Center For The Performing Arts :: Albany, NY
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On Saturday at Albany’s The Egg, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones began their brief joint tour with the Chick Corea Elektric Band. Each act delivered impressive displays of musicianship and the night wrapped with a collaborative jam between the many talented players assembled for the run of shows.
The evening started with the recently reunited original lineup of Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Howard Levy playing an hour of non-stop music. The trust they have in one another during any song they choose to play is something few groups have. Each member was given a moment in the spotlight numerous times during the set, making jaws drop all over the venue. The crowd gave them a standing ovation at the end of the hour, and after a short break the Chick Corea Elektric Band took to the stage.
Their hour-long set leaned more toward wild, free form jazz. Watching Chick’s hands fly around the piano, followed soon after by his eyes and a knowing glance to a member of his band to take a solo was pure joy. The encore started with Bela and Chick playing one song together before they each brought out the rest of the musicians for a lengthy jam that had each member smiling across stage to one another.
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