It doesn’t get much better than Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA when it comes to idyllic surroundings — so it’s no wonder that the Chick Corea Elektric Band and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chose to play in a secret garden of sorts to the sounds of summer.
The sold out performance opened with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as the frontman magically emerged from the shrubs lining the sides of the stage strumming the song, “Big Country”, a personal favorite since I first heard on the 1998 album Left of Cool.
Their sophisticated sound mixes bluegrass, jazz, rock, classical, funk, world elements and who knows what else into an eclectic yet highly accessible musical assortment. There’s never a shortage of extremely high-level musicianship. The current lineup – which is also the band’s original lineup – consists of Howard Levy on harmonica and piano, Future Man on percussion and drumitar (a novel electronic instrument of his own invention), Victor Wooten (Future Man’s brother) on bass, and Béla Fleck on banjo. Continue reading →