Bela Fleck & The Flecktones to Release Holiday Record


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Proud to bring you the first-ever holiday record by Béla Fleck & the Flecktones.

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Béla Fleck & the Flecktones Jingle All The Way (September 30th/ Rounder) With First Holiday Record Of Their 20-Year Career

Flecktones With Guest Elves Edgar Meyer, Andy Statman & Tuvan Throat Singers ‘The Alash Ensemble’ Contribute Renditions Of Everything From Bach To Rudolph, With Tributes To Joni Mitchell & Vince Guaraldi

U.S. Fall & Winter Tour Dates Announced

“Heavyweight players who make an endearing fusion, the Flecktones have a fine time roaming all over the musical map… it’s hard to resist a band that draws on bluegrass, funk, world music, pop and jazz with such glee and blissful lack of pretension.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Can you throat-sing “Jingle Bells?” asked banjo master Béla Fleck to Tuvan throat singer, Avan-ool Sam, a vocalist who can carry and harmonize two simultaneous musical lines. Welcome to the world of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones! This unearthly, endearing rendition is only one chapter of the musical adventure that is Jingle All The Way (September 30th / Rounder Records), the first holiday collection of the Flecktones’ blazing 20-year career.

“We always imagined we would do a holiday album,” says Béla, a 10-time Grammy winner who has previously introduced the instrument into jazz, pop, classical and world music settings throughout his 30-year career. “When the Flecktones first got together, we worked out a Christmas medley – it was really fun. People loved it, and we continued to play it every year.”

Produced by Fleck, Jingle All The Way – in the true spirit of the Flecktones – morphs traditional music and standards into expressive, often highly composed soundscapes. A major collaborative effort between Béla, bassist Victor Wooten, Future Man (drumitar and acoustic percussion) and Jeff Coffin (woodwinds), the album features everything from the sparkling banjo-harmonic arrangements of “Christmas Time Is Here” and “River” (Blue is one of Béla’s favorite albums; this is the first Joni Mitchell song he’s ever recorded) and a Tuvan-inspired, worldbeat performance of “What Child Is This / Dyngyladai” to fiery, virtuosic renditions of “Sleigh Ride” and “Danse of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio #41 features the Flecktones with world-renowned bassist Edgar Meyer delivering “four minutes of intense counterpoint,” adds Béla. Friend and clarinetist Andy Statman “unearths the soul of Jewish music” (New York Times), widening the album’s concept with “The Hanukkah Waltz,” and chamber arrangements of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” with Meyer and Fleck.

Catch Béla Fleck & the Flecktones on the road this fall and winter.
Nov. 15 Spokane, WA Spokane Symphony
Nov. 16 Bend, OR Tower Theater
Nov. 17-22 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
Nov. 25-26 Kona, HI Kahilu Theater
Nov. 28-29 Oahu, HI Honolulu Symphony
Nov. 30 Maui, HI Arts & Cultural Center
Dec. 5 Springfield, MO Missouri State University
Dec. 6 Louisville, KY Kentucky Center for the Arts
Dec. 8 Rutland, VT Paramount Theater
Dec. 9 Albany, NY Center for the Arts
Dec. 10 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts
Dec. 11 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Dec. 12 Fairfield, CT Quick Center fro the Arts
Dec. 13 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
Dec. 14 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center
Dec. 16 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center
Dec. 17-21 New York, NY Blue Note

Track listing:
“Jingle Bells”
“Silent Night”
“Sleigh Ride”
“The Christmas Song”
“Twelve Days of Christmas”
“J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio #14”
“Christmas Time Is Here”
“Linus and Lucy”
“Jingle Bells” (reprise)
“Hanukkah Waltz”
“Danse of the Sugar Plum Fairies”
“What Child Is This/Dyngyldai”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”