Though the Flecktones didn't change their formula with their third album, UFO Tofu, they did manage to craft one of their more consistent and impressive efforts. The band's fusion of jazz, bluegrass, and funk gels quite well on UFO Tofu -- not only does B�la Fleck turn in a rich, eclectic performance, but pianist Howard Levy's deft lines and inventive phrasing dominate the album. Occasionally, the material is lightweight, functioning only as vehicle for the group's solos. Then again, the whole point of Fleck's music is the solos, so that shouldn't upset his fans too much. Of course, it doesn't help him win new ones, either.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsBéla Fleck & the Flecktones Primary Artist
Béla Fleck Banjo
Howard Levy Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Ocarina,Penny Whistle
Victor Wooten Bass
Technical CreditsBéla Fleck Producer
Howard Levy Producer
Bil VornDick Engineer
Roy Wooten Producer,Contributor
Victor Wooten Producer
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UFO Tofu based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This was the third effort by Bela Fleck And The Flecktones, and the last one that included keyboardist-harmonica player Howard Levy until he returned for Rocket Science almost 20 years later. I wrote in another review that I find it hard to judge one Flecktones effort versus another. After a listen, I think this edition with just the basic quartet seems fresher than the later discs where they got into world music. All of them are fun and I now own ten CDs of Bela, Future Man, Victor, and whoever they have in tow. Everyone should own Greatest Hits of the 20th Century.