Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1993
Recorded1993, Javelina, Ground Star, Record Plant Studios, Capitol Records Studio B
Genre Jazz fusion, progressive bluegrass, psychedelic folk
Length56:59
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chronology
UFO Tofu
(1992)
Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(1993)
Live Art
(1996)

Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the fourth album released by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 1993. It is the band's only release as a trio, after the departure of Howard Levy but before the arrival of Jeff Coffin.

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones band

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is an American band that combines jazz and bluegrass music. The band's name is a play on 1960s rock band Dick Dale and the Del-Tones.

Howard Levy American musician

Howard Levy is an American multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, with whom he won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "The Sinister Minister". He also won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2012 for "Life in Eleven", a song written with Béla Fleck for the Flecktones' album Rocket Science (2011). He has worked with Arab-fusion musician Rabih Abou-Khalil, Latin jazz saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon.

Jeff Coffin American musician

Jeff Coffin is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with whom he performed from 1997 until 2010. In July 2008, Coffin began touring with Dave Matthews Band and joined the group in 2009 following the death of founding member LeRoi Moore. He also leads his group Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet.

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Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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In his Allmusic review, music critic Dan Cross wrote of the album "The Flecktones have stuck with the formula that made their previous records successful: complex, tight grooves wrapped in a very musical, user-friendly package. The Flecktones still suffer from the departure of keyboardist/harmonica player Howard Levy, who provided the band with needed additional musical colors and textures." [1]

Track listing

  1. "Vix 9" (Victor Wooten) – 4:27
  2. "At Last We Meet Again" (V. Wooten) – 5:34
  3. "Spunky and Clorissa" (Béla Fleck) – 4:30
  4. "Bumbershoot" (B. Fleck) – 5:22
  5. "Blues For Gordon" (B. Fleck) – 5:16
  6. "Monkey See" (B. Fleck) – 3:16
  7. "The Message" (music: The Flecktones; lyrics: Joe Wooten) – 4:03
  8. "Interlude (Return of the Ancient Ones)" (Future Man) – 2:06
  9. "The Drift" (The Flecktones) – 3:30
  10. "A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel" (B. Fleck) – 6:39
  11. "Peace, Be Still" (V. Wooten) – 4:05
  12. "The Longing" (B. Fleck) – 5:25
  13. "For Now" (B. Fleck) – 2:40

Personnel

Banjo musical instrument

The banjo is a four-, five-, or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head, which is typically circular. The membrane is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally used. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in the United States, adapted from African instruments of similar design. The banjo is frequently associated with folk, Irish traditional, and country music. Banjo can also be used in some rock songs. Many rock bands, such as The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and The Allman Brothers, have used the five-string banjo in some of their songs. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in African-American traditional music and the folk culture of rural whites before entering the mainstream via the minstrel shows of the 19th century. Along with the fiddle, the banjo is a mainstay of American old-time music. It is also very frequently used in traditional ("trad") jazz.

Sound effect artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media

A sound effect is an artificially created or enhanced sound, or sound process used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media. These are normally created with foley. In motion picture and television production, a sound effect is a sound recorded and presented to make a specific storytelling or creative point without the use of dialogue or music. The term often refers to a process applied to a recording, without necessarily referring to the recording itself. In professional motion picture and television production, dialogue, music, and sound effects recordings are treated as separate elements. Dialogue and music recordings are never referred to as sound effects, even though the processes applied to such as reverberation or flanging effects, often are called "sound effects".

Future Man inventor, musician, composer

Roy Wilfred Wooten, also known as "RoyEl", best known by his stage name Future Man, is an inventor, musician, and composer. He is also known as Futche to his fans. He is a percussionist and member of the jazz quartet Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, along with banjoist Béla Fleck, harmonicist Howard Levy, and Roy's brother, electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten.

Guest musicians

Bruce Hornsby American singer, pianist, and songwriter

Bruce Randall Hornsby is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions.

Piano musical instrument

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

Branford Marsalis American jazz musician

Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.

Chart positions

YearChartPosition
1993Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums7

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References

  1. 1 2 Cross, Dan. "Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved August 3, 2011.