Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are an American musical group, that plays primarily instrumental music. Critic Thom Jurek describes their music as an "unclassifiable meld of jazz, progressive bluegrass, rock, classical, funk, and world music traditions," a style of sometimes dubbed "blu-bop". The band's name is a play on the name of the 1960s rock band Dick Dale and the Del-Tones.

The band formed in 1988 after the breakup of Fleck's New Grass Revival, to perform on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The original version of the Flecktones consist of Béla Fleck on acoustic and electric banjo, Victor Wooten on bass guitar, his brother, Roy Wooten (a.k.a. Future Man) on Drumitar, and Howard Levy on harmonica and keyboard. Levy departed in 1992, and the group continued as a trio for several years until sax player Jeff Coffin joined. Coffin departed in 2010 to join the Dave Matthews Band, and Levy rejoined in 2011.

The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing over 200 concerts per year. Each of the current members of the quartet has released at least one solo album.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones 2
1991 Flight of the Cosmic Hippo 2
1992 UFO Tofu 1
1993 Three Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 4.5 3
1998 Left of Cool 4 2
2000 Outbound 5 4
2003 Little Worlds 1
2003 Ten From Little Worlds 2
2006 The Hidden Land 2
2008 Jingle All the Way 1
2011 Rocket Science 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Greatest Hits of the 20th Century 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Kentucky Center for the Arts, Bomhard Hall, Lonesome Pine Special 1
1996 Live Art 2
2001 2001-09-28: Loeb Playhouse - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA 1
2002 Live at the Quick 5 2
2003 Live at Massey Hall on 2003-04-12 1
2003 2003-06-13: Which Stage, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN, USA 1
2001-06-22: Telluride Bluegrass Festival 1
2001-09-12: Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI, USA 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Hurricane Camille / Flipper 1
1997 Sinister Minister 1
1998 Trouble and Strife 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 2003-02-11: Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach, FL, USA 1

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