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Posts Tagged ‘Béla Fleck’

Saturday Matinee – Les Claypool & Buckethead, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Frank Zappa and the Ensemble Modern & Spike Jones

Saturday, 15 September 2018

I could do without the silly mask gimmicks, but Les Claypool and Buckethead jam it down your throat. Sounds like it was partially derived from an old Zappa groove.

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are nothing less than amazing. “Sinister Minister” was performed at Mountain Jam VII on 3 June 2011.

This is reported to have been Frank Zappa’s last public performance, directing the Ensemble Modern, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany, 17 September 1992. Zappa died less than two years later, days shy of his 53rd birthday. From the UToob link:

It was his last professional public appearance, as the cancer was spreading to such an extent that he was in too much pain to enjoy an event that he otherwise found “exhilarating”. Recordings from the concerts appeared on The Yellow Shark, Zappa’s last release during his lifetime.

And now for something completely different.

Have  a great weekend, folks, see you back here tomorrow.

 

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Saturday Matinee – Old Crow Medicine Show, New Grass Revival & John McEuen

Saturday, 14 December 2013

“Caroline” by the Old Crow Medicine Show reminds me of the NGR. Great pickin’ with great harmonies. So let’s go there.

New Grass Revival with Béla Fleck (circa who knows) playing “Deviation.” That reminds me of the NGDB. So let’s go there. One of my favorite songs by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is “Some of Shelly’s Blues.” Rather than post a vid of the original recording and have you stare at an album cover, here’s a live version by John McEuen:

John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Scott Gates, Chelsea Williams at the Coffee Gallery, Altadena, California 29 March 2007.

“There’s nothin’ so hard about the life that you’ve led”
is the best line of the whole song, written by Michael Nesmith (yeah, THAT Michael Nesmith. Check this out.)

Have a great weekend, folks. Ignore the snow.


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