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  • Underappreciated Musicians?

    One person that comes to mind is Bela Fleck (in part because of the world music thread). Comfortable playing bluegrass, rock, jazz, folk or classical, Bela might be considered the ultimate crossover musician. He has been nominated for numerous Grammys and won 14 Grammys. In addition, Bela also has been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other musician in history.

    Bela released his first solo work way back in 1979 and since then has accumulated a tremendous body of work. What are your favorite Bela Fleck recordings?

    Two of my favorites are Flight of the Cosmic Hippo that went to number one in the charts (not to forget the playing of his bass guitarist Victor Wooten!) as well as the recording Tabula Rasa he did with Kavi Alexander of Water Lily many years ago featuring Bhatt on Indian "slide guitar" and Chen on the traditional Chinese two string fiddle. Well recorded as are all of Kavi's world music recordings.


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    Studio musicians. All those people behind the soloists on recordings. Listen to some of your favorite soundtracks and you will hear 2 hours of fantastic playing with nary a name for one. They are payed well however.
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    • #3
      When have you ever met a artist or musician who did not think they were underappreciated that goes for writers as well .

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      • #4
        We would be on page 30 if you asked for over appreciated musicians !

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        • #5
          My vote would go for Astor Piazzolla, many people know his El Tango and all its variations but few actually know him for the musician he was, playing with greats jazz greats like Mulligan, major European orchestras and classical musicians while touring the world and giving live concerts. Here's one of my favorites with Antonio Agri another prominent Argentinian musician,



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          • #6
            Originally posted by Garth View Post
            When have you ever met a artist or musician who did not think they were underappreciated that goes for writers as well .
            TOUCHÉ Garth! Good one.
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            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
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              Well we all feel underappreciated. Perhaps should have said underrated?

            • Garth
              Garth commented
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              Well then Myles if it is underrated Frankie Marino Mahogany Rush , Rory Gallagher , Roy Buchanan and every good blues guy that ever lived.

          • #7
            Damien Jurado
            Skerik
            Mike Dillon
            Valerie June
            Smoke Fairies
            Sallie Ford
            Alialujah Choir
            Winterpills
            Portland Cello Project
            Ayron Jones
            Dum Dum Girls
            Courtney Barnett
            Eilen Jewell
            The Oh Sees
            Shearwater
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            Deerhunter

            Just about every jazz musician.....

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            • #8
              Originally posted by jazdoc View Post
              Damien Jurado
              Skerik
              Mike Dillon
              Valerie June
              Smoke Fairies
              Sallie Ford
              Alialujah Choir
              Winterpills
              Portland Cello Project
              Ayron Jones
              Dum Dum Girls
              Courtney Barnett
              Eilen Jewell
              The Oh Sees
              Shearwater
              X
              Deerhunter

              Just about every jazz musician.....

              Well if you had to choose just one.....
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              • #9
                Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


                Well if you had to choose just one.....

                Just about every jazz musician....

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                • #10
                  The one that still bugs me is Nick Drake. The guy could not have sold out the back seat of a Mini Cooper, during his lifetime and now he is one of the most highly regarded musicians ever.

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                  • #11
                    Bruce Cockburn - brilliant songwriter & absolutely superb guitar player.
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                    • Garth
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                      I saw him live the worst show of my life

                    • Johnny Vinyl
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                      Sorry to hear that!

                  • #12
                    Myles...I had the pleasure of seeing Bela Fleck duo with Chick Corea. What a treat. I am not sure if he classifies as under appreciated, as those that follow and know his work, is substantial.
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                    • #13
                      BETTY CARTER. So under appreciated. She went her own way. Had opportunity to see her several times in the 70s. Transporting. Another? Esther Phillips. I've managed to convince a certain WBGO DJ to play her. What a unique voice. So raw. Saw her also THANKYOUJESUS on Bleecker St in the 70s.

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                      • #14
                        Ringo

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                        • #15
                          Having a jazz trumpet player for a son, I have seen/heard such a large array of talented musicians. I will offer a jazz drummer and composer few may have heard of. Allison Miller...very creative and listenable. Having a couple releases on vinyl makes her that much more accessible.
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