Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

<b>Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, “Jingle All the Way” (Rounder):</b> This one will make any inattentive holiday party guests sit up and take notice, starting with the Flecktones’ far-flung interpretation of “Jingle Bells” with the Alash Ensemble of Tuvan throat singers. This collective of folk-rooted newgrass instrumentalists won’t be limited in transforming songs as disparate as “The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000039" title="Hanukkah" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/hanukkah-EVFES000039.topic">Hanukkah</a> Waltz,” a section of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003234" title="Joni Mitchell" href="/topic/entertainment/music/joni-mitchell-PECLB003234.topic">Joni Mitchell</a>’s “River.” <b>3 ½ stars</b>

( Associated Press )

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, “Jingle All the Way” (Rounder): This one will make any inattentive holiday party guests sit up and take notice, starting with the Flecktones’ far-flung interpretation of “Jingle Bells” with the Alash Ensemble of Tuvan throat singers. This collective of folk-rooted newgrass instrumentalists won’t be limited in transforming songs as disparate as “The Hanukkah Waltz,” a section of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and Joni Mitchell’s “River.” 3 ½ stars

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