Bela Fleck and the Flecktones return this week with "The Hiddden Land," the quartet's first Columbia studio album since 2003's "Little Worlds."Bela Fleck and the Flecktones return this week with "The Hiddden Land," the quartet's first Columbia studio album since 2003's "Little Worlds." The Flecktones spent 2005 on hiatus while group leader Bela Fleck pursued a variety of other projects.
For "Hidden Land," the group gathered at Fleck's home studio in Nashville and quickly began working on ideas. For the song "P'lod," Fleck says, "[Percussionist] Future Man shared the song with us, and said that it had come from a dream, where [saxophonist] Jeff [Coffin] had taught it to him. He's still pretty convinced that Jeff wrote it, but we can't quite figure out how that's possible." Other tracks include the Flecktones' take on J.S. Bach's "Bach Fugue," "Who's Got Three," "Labyrinth," "Kaleiloscope" and "Chennai."
The album is bundled with the film "Long Way Home: A Flecktone Journey," chronicling the Flecktones' regrouping in the studio. In addition to live footage of the band playing at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and answering questions from studients, "Long Way Home" features a satirical look behind the scenes with the Flecktones.