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Béla Fleck — Katmandu
Album: The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From the Acoustic Planet, Volume 2
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:16
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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18 plus years and I’m hearing for the first time. Terrific sound
 William wrote:
neilpeart wrote: Thanks. I obviously agree, since I just reprised it :-). As for ego, I'll second the comments made previously about Bela Fleck. I've met him a couple of times & he is a totally sweet, humble guy. Cute enough to attract the attention of every female (& gay male) within a mile or so, and about as talented a musician as is humanly possible, but he doesn't seem to let that go to his head at all. I've also seen what he's capable of when he wants to show off (like in informal jam sessions) - which makes me appreciate the restraint & tastefulness of his recordings even more.



Cool story. Thank You for sharing it.
Hearing Spirit's "Taurus" here.
Stairway to heaven? Which came first?
Katmandu... the song is influenced by the place and likely not any other artists. Hmm, come to think of it many artists are influenced by travel. Ya know, places that inspire.  I have traveled and have written music that soothes the need to describe a place that has no written adjectives to describe it.
This is a banjo?
Listening to a musician at the peak of their craft - whatever they are playing is sublime
Bela is a GENIUS!! I love the way he has introduced banjo to genres that normally do not incorporate it!
SUPERB!!!   
 rhlrstn wrote:

There's definitely a nod to Stairway in there, along with While My Guitar Gently Weeps



I can hear that!
 Toke wrote:
I'm  confused....is this 'Stairway To Heaven'' or Katmandu ?? still nice sound very relaxing.
 
There's definitely a nod to Stairway in there, along with While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I enjoy Bluegrass and good guitar work. Glad some groups have it as part of their sound.  It's a difficult instrument to play I understand 
Flecktones live is pretty hard to beat but this ain't bad.....
 Yes! Only the bold revisit and own.

Sweet_Virginia wrote:
This is stairway...
 

Needs more kazoo!{#Crashcomp}
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
This is stairway to heaven right?
 

 Dosequis wrote:

I'm tired of "Jimi". He wasn't that good. Really. The hype is out of control.

 
Couldn't disagree more. You can be tired of hearing him but give him his due. For a meteoric career he did a lot in a few years. 
Jimi was an astounding prodigy.  
 Dosequis wrote:

I'm tired of "Jimi". He wasn't that good. Really. The hype is out of control.

 
Jimi wasn't that good?  Wow.  Anyway, I hear "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in this one.  It's not bad. 
 jhorton wrote:
Oh my god, will someone please make the banjo go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care if he's as good as Jimi, ( He's not,) it's a freakin BANJO!

What's next? A genius on Kazoo? A washboard prodigy?

There's a reason why some stuff won't sell. Sometimes it's because it sucks. 

 
I'm tired of "Jimi". He wasn't that good. Really. The hype is out of control.
Bela and his comrades are simply amazing live - if you see them I can't believe you won't be blown away...
 BillG wrote:

Thanks. I obviously agree, since I just reprised it :-).

As for ego, I'll second the comments made previously about Bela Fleck. I've met him a couple of times & he is a totally sweet, humble guy. Cute enough to attract the attention of every female (& gay male) within a mile or so, and about as talented a musician as is humanly possible, but he doesn't seem to let that go to his head at all. I've also seen what he's capable of when he wants to show off (like in informal jam sessions) - which makes me appreciate the restraint & tastefulness of his recordings even more.
 
thank you Bill from an old FAT head   {#Dance}
 jhorton wrote:
Oh my god, will someone please make the banjo go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care if he's as good as Jimi, ( He's not,) it's a freakin BANJO!

What's next? A genius on Kazoo? A washboard prodigy?

There's a reason why some stuff won't sell. Sometimes it's because it sucks. 

 
tell it to Flat & Scruggs, ...{#Dance}   or Steve Marten  my guess is 10 grammys sold a few discs
At times so repetitive (with barely distinguishable differences) it felt like he was drilling into my brain, otherwise a higher score: 6.
 jhorton wrote:
Oh my god, will someone please make the banjo go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care if he's as good as Jimi, ( He's not,) it's a freakin BANJO!

What's next? A genius on Kazoo? A washboard prodigy?

There's a reason why some stuff won't sell. Sometimes it's because it sucks. 

 
I bet you just love bagpipes too.
 MassivRuss wrote:
Anyone else hear a Stairway to Heaven arrangement?
 
Yep, they are flying the stairway, I was just about to write in...
Anyone else hear a Stairway to Heaven arrangement?
Seems less "Fleck'y" then others.  Hm.
A bit of Led, never hurts!
 DaMoGan wrote:
Don't think I've ever had any blue grass.
 
Let's score a bag and smoke it in Romeotuma's hotel room. Anyone else want to chip in?
Saw Bela and the Flecktones last weekend. Amazing show! 2.5 hrs. +.

No others out there like these guys. Highly recommend them, live.  

 Rockit wrote:
Nothing like a little blue grass to start your day!
 
Don't think I've ever had any blue grass.

 
Nothing like a little blue grass to start your day!
 Toke wrote:
I'm  confused....is this 'Stairway To Heaven'' or Katmandu ?? still nice sound very relaxing.
 
exactly
I'm  confused....is this 'Stairway To Heaven'' or Katmandu ?? still nice sound very relaxing.
Usually not a Fleck fan, but I guess I like this OK, ummm hummmm...
Something in how it sounds stirrs my appetite for pizza.

 {#Rolleyes}

Anybody might tell me why?

 {#Stupid}
 jhorton wrote:
Oh my god, will someone please make the banjo go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care if he's as good as Jimi, ( He's not,) it's a freakin BANJO!

What's next? A genius on Kazoo? A washboard prodigy?

There's a reason why some stuff won't sell. Sometimes it's because it sucks. 
 

You realize that people said the same thing about the guitar until people like de Lucena and Segovia came along?  And then about electric guitar as well, for that matter.


LOVE the banjo!  {#Music}
Oh my god, will someone please make the banjo go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care if he's as good as Jimi, ( He's not,) it's a freakin BANJO!

What's next? A genius on Kazoo? A washboard prodigy?

There's a reason why some stuff won't sell. Sometimes it's because it sucks. 
I'm pretty sure if you listen to Starlight by the Wailin Jennys (another of Bill's favs - I dig it too), the melody is very, VERY similar at times. Are these two artists related in some way?
I recently bought his album with Chick Corea... Bela mate, u gotta new fan. Luvverly!
i like this .... a LOT!
buddy0407 wrote:
THIS SONG NEEDS SOME COWBELL!!
There you go, buddy!
canadave wrote:
Yeah, I hear the same thing. Weird.
Actually sounds to me more like Egyptian Reggae meets Stairway... (Egyptian Stairway...?)
AndyFarang wrote:
Is it me, or does this not sound like a remix of Zep's Stairway...? still groovy though... :-)
Yeah, I hear the same thing. Weird.
Love Bela - see them every year in Telluride - getting me in the mood for another great show!
"Too many notes" live, but Bela does this kind of thing better than just about everybody.
THIS SONG NEEDS SOME COWBELL!!
play some Dave Grisman please? Maybe something with Jerry and Rice? Cheers Stephen
Too funny, is RP partying with in my kitchen me and my buddies right now? lol Thanks!
This guy is great. Evry time I'd see his name in print I would confuse him with jello Biafra and so I always ignored him.
Is it me, or does this not sound like a remix of Zep's Stairway...? still groovy though... :-)
Beautiful coming after Massive Attack - Protection. Fits so well. This, right here, is one of the reasons I am here at RP. The brilliant fitting together of music. I can hardly stand to hear one CD all the way through anymore. Kudos to BillG.
chinchita wrote:
Saw him in concert...simply amazing. A new appreciation for the range and capacity of the banjo.
Everyone do themselves a favor and catch the Flecktones live... ...Futureman and Victor Wooton offset Bela's virtuosity and make some serious improvisational magic.
DPDP wrote:
Did the same segue again today! You must think these two songs really go together!
and they do. This CD is full of great tunes like this. Highly recommended
kingfish2004 wrote:
Man you guys just keep finding the BEST @#$@#$ music! Thank you!!!! Kingfish
I can only agree.
Hmmmm one of the better Fleck tracks I've heard so far.
Steve Martin always said that it was impossible to play a sad song on a banjo. I think he's right - and hearing the banjo always makes me happy. Bela is the master
Man you guys just keep finding the BEST @#$@#$ music! Thank you!!!! Kingfish
And again. A perfect segue between songs that makes listening to this station very pleasant on the ears. Keep it coming!
neilpeart wrote:
Absolutley tight and beautiful segue from Massive Attack into Mr. Fleck...
Did the same segue again today! You must think these two songs really go together!
Both of the Accoustic Planet CD's are great. Well worth having. An amazing talent.
Saw him in concert...simply amazing. A new appreciation for the range and capacity of the banjo.
i've always thought bela fleck to be terribly talented. this just exemplefies the point.
masterhead wrote:
There we go..That is what happens when Ego gets too involved on the creative process...
Bill and other listeners said it all regarding Bela personally and musically. A lovely piece that sound great as part of the RP mix, "Katmandu" it seems to me is more "ego-less" than anything. Shift to minor now and then, "Master", and enjoy the chill. Ego, is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it? Peace. (Really enjoying the set, Bill.)
neilpeart wrote:
Absolutley tight and beautiful segue from Massive Attack into Mr. Fleck...
Thanks. I obviously agree, since I just reprised it :-). As for ego, I'll second the comments made previously about Bela Fleck. I've met him a couple of times & he is a totally sweet, humble guy. Cute enough to attract the attention of every female (& gay male) within a mile or so, and about as talented a musician as is humanly possible, but he doesn't seem to let that go to his head at all. I've also seen what he's capable of when he wants to show off (like in informal jam sessions) - which makes me appreciate the restraint & tastefulness of his recordings even more.
This sounds really nice! Will look into some more of this kinda chilled out music, 9 out of 10!
As one who sometimes torments a banjo for comic effect, I can't say enough nice things about how much Bela Fleck has redefined the instrument. This song is a good showcase for how non-hillbilly he's taken it. Great stuff.
refreshing...original...
Damn tasteful music anyway
Would like to hear more of this sort.
In my experiences, Béla has no ego to speak of. He's very humble and approachable. The whole band is down to earth.
This has that "Cold, Rain & Snow" sound; nice
masterhead wrote:
There we go..That is what happens when Ego gets too involved on the creative process...
Er. what ego are we actually talking about here? Your ego to presume that you can judge Bela's talent? He's probably the best jazz banjo player on the planet, and even saying that, his music is muted, talented, and beautifully arranged. He has a right to have an ego, because he's the best, but he doesn't. I've met the man and talked with him, have you? It's interesting to note that what makes this piece particularly tasty is the mix of dual fiddle playing in with all the other instruments (I'm tracking 2 fiddles, 6 string acoustic, bela on the banjo, a strumming banjo, mandolin, and Vic's quiet bassline (probably on an upright bass). Just where is the ego in this?
Absolutley tight and beautiful segue from Massive Attack into Mr. Fleck...
PhysicsGenius wrote:
Meh. Too fast to be mellow. Too muted (and low-volume) to be rockin'.
There we go..That is what happens when Ego gets too involved on the creative process...
DownHomeGirl wrote:
yes, this is a good one
Indeed! Now, any suggestions on which BF album to buy first?
yes, this is a good one
Fantastic!
Reminds me of Egyptian Reggae by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
fantastic album. i love the first volume of Acoustic Planet too - all jazz.
Fridays are good on Radio Paradise
Cool! I didn\'t know he\'d done a cover of \"Darkness, Darkness\"
Béla\'s music spans many musical styles, but I am partial to his bluegrass recordings. Especially when he\'s playing with the likes of Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and the many other talented musicians on this album. It is a musical adventure from start to finish!
Bela's music covers the gamut from bluegrass to jazz (with some classical and blues interspersed). He has a penchant for bringing all sorts of music (and artists) together to create a unique sound (just like Jerry Garcia).
Bela is absolutly amazing... I saw him in concert once, and it was one of the most amazing shows I have seen in a while. Keep up the good work RP!