The implications of this album's title are not new to Bela Fleck. The US banjo star has been applying a jazz sensibility to bluegrass, classical music and rock for over 20 years – but in swapping former Wynton Marsalis pianist Marcus Roberts' jazz trio for his Flecktones group here, the crossover agenda is even more explicit than usual: idiom jumps, groove and tempo shifts jostle through the music. But Fleck and Roberts are sweepingly skilful improvisers, and a blues-infused tracklist buzzes with melody. Some Roads Lead Home shuffles bluesy earthiness and bright swing, before huffing to a halt like a decelerating steam train. I'm Gonna Tell You is a Latin cruiser for a relaxed and expansive Roberts, and there are New Orleans street band marches, ball-busting bebop excursions, barn-dance whirlings and Chick Corea-like Latin-jazz swingers. A bit more wait-and-see would have been nice, but it's a session with a lot of charm, and plenty of jaw-dropping playing.
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