July 26, 2010

PADDLE FASTER...:

Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain: Tiny Desk Concert (Felix Contreras, 7/26/10, NPR)

"Beyond category." That's what Duke Ellington used to call musicians who were simply the best at what they do. And that's certainly the case for Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain. Individually, they're world-class masters of the banjo, the bass fiddle and the tabla, respectively. They conquered mere technical prowess long ago.

All three now are at a place where music truly becomes so intuitive that a simple rehearsal — as we got to see before this Tiny Desk Concert in the offices of NPR Music — is an exercise in wordless communication.



Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2010 6:44 PM
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