Yeah, Bella's somethin' else! RRREEAALLY nice guy, too, as are Wootens Victor and Roy "Future Man". Got to meet them after a Bella and the Flecktones performance many years ago; they let a friend and I and others up on the stage and even let some of us try their instruments out. Super friendly folks!
That's very nice, very well done (and this John Williams guy is no slouch, either ), thanks for posting that, 'fang.
Bela put out a whole album of classical banjo a few years back. He came out of a bluegrass background but has explored a number of other styles over they years, most notably with the Flecktones. He played banjo on McCoy Tyner's "Guitar" CD, where McCoy played with a variety of guitarists.
Just goes to show you that not every banjo player is a bald headed kid on a bridge! Bela Fleck is the real deal and I have loved John McCuen with his work in the NGDB. Jazz and classical influences have been in McCuen's banjo playing I have seen both artists in concert and the Bela Fleck show I saw was one of the best I have ever seen.
Re: You don't hear THIS every day....
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Confession time: of all the stringed instruments in the world, banjo is among my least favorite.
I think one thing that only becomes obvious in the case of the banjo when one reflects on it's timbre is that it has virtually no sustain. Even an acoustic gtr has greater note length & as regular electric players have become accustomed to electronix for the much more malleable, horn-like sustain, usable in so many more expressive ways.
Although some players have taken the banjo into new realms, even a player as seemingly avant-garde as Jerry Garcia took yrs to develop an approach on electric that went beyond what always seemed to me a banjo-like. constrained sound.
I like the old blue grass banjo pickers but I can also appreciate those that can take it in new directions as in the OP. Here's one I like by Steve Martin...OT and nothing too fancy but he wrote it:
It's often forgotten---or even not recognized---that bluegrass music was not actually traditional. It was a deliberate, mid-20th C development, a sorta flash country jazz.
Abt that clip in particular...it seems to divide into 3 sections (& in the YT commentary below the clip there are 3 tunes identified) but aren't the 1st 2 sections slow/fast variations on the same music ? ---------------------------------------
Here they are in action playing some Mozart. Musicians from one culture playing music of another culture in the style of still a 3rd ?! If aliens ever actually visit Earth their confusion will be well-based.
Hendrix fans are directed to the following clip starting abt 1:50~the end.
Finally, for now, we have a reverse flow of this musical river. "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?" is John Adams’ third piano concerto. The orchestration, in addition to solo piano, includes bass guitar and a specially detuned “honky-tonk” piano.
I was not going into the history of blue grass, but it is an American genre, the term 1st coined by Bill Monroe in 1939 (as you say in the mid 20th century). However it's roots go back to Irish and Scottish traditional music going back to the 1600's. You will hear the Celtic influence in many blue grass combos...jazz concepts and improvisation is found in all of these genres. I was not going there though..just trying to post the kind of banjo music I like listening to. Also Steve does most of his 1st two tunes before the band kicks in. You can hear some nice improvisation by the violin and the other banjo player (I don't know if this has anything to do with the 3 vs 2 sections question)...