Those who have enjoyed earlier Béla Fleck & the Flecktones recordings will not be disappointed with Three Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. The Flecktones have stuck with the formula that made their previous records successful: complex, tight grooves wrapped in a very musical, user-friendly package. The Flecktones still suffer from the departure of keyboardist/chromatic harmonica player Howard Levy, who provided the band with needed additional musical colors and textures. Guest appearances by Bruce Hornsby (no vocals) and Branford Marsalis help fill this void. As always, the musicianship is excellent, and all players involved have ample space with which to display their virtuosity.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
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Having just listened to UFO Tofu, Bela Fleck and Flecktones' previous effort, I could tell that the band missed keyboardist-harmonica player Howard Levy. Fleck used synthesizers triggered by his banjo to try to fill the gap, but it remained. The music was still enjoyable, and the trio of Bela, Future Man, and Victor Wooten tried innovations like the rap number The Message, but it was probably inevitable they would eventually recruit saxophonist Jeff Coffin to fill out the band.