by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones



Outbound gives Bela Fleck a chance to expand his musical palette. The Flecktones - featuring bass guitar wizard Victor Wooten, electric drummer "Future Man," and saxophonist Jeff Coffin -- are all here in their virtuosic glory, but so are vocalists Jon Anderson and Shawn Colvin, guitarist Adrian Belew, organist John Medeski, and steel pan player Andy Narrell, as well as additional strings and woodwinds. The result is an album that ranges freely among styles with splendid results. Surprise is Fleck's secret weapon. "A Moment So Close" opens with a hip-hop feel and then slips into a stick-in-your-craw pop chorus sung by Shawn Colvin; the tempo-shifting "Hall of Mirrors" unites light jazz, reggae, and Brazilian motifs; "Aimum" melds a George Michael-ish groove with, thanks to Fleck's banjo picking, country flavorings. This stylistic diversity gives the album constant hits of distinct pleasure. "Earth Jam" - featuring Belew's light-fingered guitar work -- has a fusion groove, while "Lover's Leap" finds room for hints of classical and European bistro strains and "Shuba Yatra" incorporates Indian inflections. And of course there's Fleck's remarkable playing adding stunning texture to virtually every track. Even when just lending tonal color, his artful way of blending within the music is quietly spectacular in itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646217825
catalogNumber: 62178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck & the Flecktones   Primary Artist
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Jon Anderson   Vocals
Adrian Belew   Electric Guitar
Shawn Colvin   Vocals
Andy Narell   Steel Pan
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Jeff Coffin   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Davidson   Violin
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Sitar,national steel guitar
Paul Hanson   Bassoon,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul McCandless   English Horn,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone,Penny Whistle
John Medeski   Organ
Future Man   Synthesizer,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Tom-Tom,Sampling,Drumitar,Zendrum
Sandip Burman   Tabla

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   overdub engineer
Jeff Coffin   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Béla Fleck   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ken Latchney   Engineer
Future Man   Composer
Richard Battaglia   Engineer
Zach Newton   Engineer
Tracy Hackney   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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