Early Bela Fleck Recording, a Classic

Cambridge (Massachusetts), USA – Rounder Records has re-released
Crossing the Tracks by Bela Fleck. Originally released in 1979, Crossing the Tracks
is Bela Fleck’s debut solo
recording, and demonstrates his extraordinary skills as a composer and
interpreter in addition to his innovative banjo playing. With virtuoso support
from Bob Applebaum, Russ Barenberg, Sam Bush, Mark Schatz, Pat Enright, Jerry
Douglas and Randy Sabien, Crossing the Tracks ranges from straight ahead
bluegrass to acoustic swing and includes Fleck’s inspired arrangement of Chick Corea’s masterpiece “Spain.”
Crossing the Tracks includes newly written liner notes by Bela Fleck. Bela
is often considered the premiere banjo player in the world. A
New York City native (named after composer Bela Bartok), he picked up the banjo
at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass playing of Flatt &Scruggs. In 1989
he formed the Flecktones. The group made its self-titled debut recording in 1990
by playing a “blu-bop” mix of jazz and bluegrass and soon became a commercially
successful, critically-acclaimed and award-winning band. Fleck is the only
musician to be nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken
word, Christian, composition and world music categories.


Crossing the Tracks

Author: World Music Central News Department

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