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Published: 2012/03/27

Bela Fleck and Marcus Roberts Move Across the Imaginary Divide, Flecktones to Go on Hiatus

Béla Fleck has teamed up with Marcus Roberts Trio to release a new album, Across the Imaginary Divide. The collaborative effort is due out on June 5 via Rounder.

The collaboration began at Savannah Music Festival a couple years ago, when Fleck stayed late to listen to Roberts’ jam session. He ended up performing with the trio during the jam session. “We threw together a set of music, and played it for a packed and intrigued crowd. The gig was honestly amazing. There was a natural rapport between Marcus and me from the first note, and Jason Marsalis (on drums) and Rodney Jordan (on bass) were just incredible. I loved their trio conception, and was thrilled to be able to find a way to exist within it,” Fleck date in a statement.

A year later, Fleck and The Marcus Roberts Trio (Roberts, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass) performed again and they laid down some tracks for the album. Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio will also tour in support of the new album.
As previously reported, Fleck and the Original Flecktones will tour through April. Then the group will go on hiatus for the rest of the year. The band’s future plans are currently unknown.

Here’s a look at Fleck’s dates with Marcus Roberts Trio

May 23 Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
May 25 Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Jazz Festival
May 27 Cumberland, MD – Delfest
May 28 Brownfield, ME – Stone Mountain Arts Center
May 30 Quebec City, CAN – World Guitar Festival
June 1 Burlington, VT – Discover Jazz Festival
June 2 Easton, MD – Avalon Theater
June 3 Norfolk, CT – Infinity
June 5-10 New York, NY – Blue Note
June 21 Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
August 5 Katonah, NY – Caramoor Festival
August 29 – September 1 San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s
September 2 Moab, UT – Music Festival
September 4 Napa, CA – Opera House
September 6 – September 9 Seattle, WA – Jazz Alley
September 20 Austin, TX – One World Theater
September 21 Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
September 22 Houston, TX – Dosey Doe
September 23 San Antonio, TX – Jazz Festival
October 19 Toronto, CAN – Royal Conservatory of Music
October 20 Pittsburgh, PA – Manchester Craftmen’s Guild
November 8 Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
November 9 Athens, GA – University of Georgia
November 10 Atlanta, GA – Rialto Theater
November 23 Scottsdale, AZ – Center for the Arts

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dank March 28, 2012, 11:02:01

Awesome! In all honesty, as much as I love the Flecktones, I’ve always loved Bela’s solo stuff much more. The Bluegrass sessions, both Africa albums, Music for Two (with Edgar Meyer) are all top notch in my books!

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