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Béla & Marcus Roberts Trio

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:57 pm
by jaguaracer
Just got my tickets to the Toronto show :D

http://www.marcusroberts.com/calendar

Plus a new cd it seems: http://www.amazon.com/Across-Imaginary- ... =1-1-fkmr0

Re: Béla & Marcus Roberts Trio

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:37 am
by HopeL
Has anyone been to this Fleck Experience yet? (Other than you, Chard). :lol:

Hope Lin :geek:

Re: Béla & Marcus Roberts Trio

PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 8:55 am
by rpotter
I saw the Bela and the Marcus Roberts Trio this past weekend at DelFest - good stuff for sure. Reminded me of early Flecktones minus Howards harmonica. Bela seemed to really enjoy jamming with this excpetional trio. I would definetely go and see this grouping again.

Peace
Ray

Re: Béla & Marcus Roberts Trio

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:45 pm
by HopeL
Cool. Thanks! Seeing them myself in a few weeks in Colorado.

Can't wait!

Hope Lin :geek:

Re: Béla & Marcus Roberts Trio

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:51 pm
by jaguaracer
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/arts/ ... .html?_r=1

There’s a distinction between traditionalism and conservatism, and it plays a central role on “Across the Imaginary Divide” (Rounder), the new album by the style-hopping banjoist Béla Fleck and the scrupulous jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. As the title suggests, it’s the seamless product of an unlikely pairing, though to call it bluegrass meets jazz would be misleading. Mr. Fleck, one of the world’s most accommodating virtuosos, functions here as a fourth member of Mr. Roberts’s trio with Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums. So the framework is firmly jazz, cooperative and swinging, neither showdown nor hoedown. (Sorry.) Notwithstanding some ersatz ragtime gentility and some rickety habanera rhythm, the music sounds disarmingly fresh. And if the banjo playing stands out as superb, it’s partly because of the flexible support of the trio, notably on a busily embroidered tune like “Petunia.” Even better is what happens a couple of minutes into the title track, when Mr. Fleck and Mr. Roberts create a sublime swirl of arpeggios. This album feels like the beginning of something. In any case, you’ll have the chance to witness it at the Blue Note (bluenote.net) from Tuesday through June 10.