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Outbound

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Outbound

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a B+

Downplaying the synth in favor of strings and horns, the king of bluegrass-bop Bela Fleck and the Flecktones fuse cultures on the ambitious album Outbound, as on the Ireland-meets-Africa ”Shuba Yatra” (performed on sitar banjo). Wizardry abounds, especially on the Aaron Copland-on-acid cover of the composer’s ”Hoedown,” and on Fleck’s ”Hall of Mirrors,” featuring Shawn Colvin’s wordless, yearning vocals. B+