Program #1963

Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck has revolutionized the way we hear the banjo, from traditional acoustic picking, to plugged-in jam band styling to arrangements of J.S. Bach. These Bach tunes, along with works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Scarlatti, are part of the recent album “Perpetual Motion” on which Fleck teams up with Joshua Bell, Evelyn Glennie, and Edgar Meyer, and others. On this edition of New Sounds, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer join John in the studio to perform some of Bach’s two-part inventions, along with an Edgar Meyer blues tune called “The Green Slime”. Plus, rounding out the show is a concert recording of improvised music featuring piano, bass and drums by the Australian outfit called The Necks.

PROGRAM #1963, with Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer (First aired on Tues. 10/23/01)





Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

Three Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Bumbershoot [1:30]

Warner Bros #45328** Available online*

Bela Fleck

Perpetual Motion

Bach: Two Part Invention #11 [1:00]

Sony Classical #89610** Available at or other online sources*

Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer


Bach: Two-Part Invention #6 [2:30]

The Green Slime [3:00]

Bach: Prelude to Violin Partita #3 [3:30]

Eccles: Violin Sonata, 4th movement [2:00]

Both Bach works are on the album Perpetual Motion, see above. Fleck & Meyer also collaborated on the CD "Uncommon Ritual," also on Sony Classical.**

The Necks

Piano Bass Drums

Unheard, excerpt [19:00]

Shock Records #FOM-0005., or; , or fax 61-(0)3 9482 3873

The Necks

Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens, excerpt [6:00]

Shock Records #FOM-0006. Same as preceding.

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