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Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, Ca

Two of music’s most innovative and groundbreaking musicians, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, ended their epic summer tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, on Aug 20. Along with Corea and Fleck were their notorious bands the Elektric band with John Patitucci (bass), Frank Gambale (guitar), Dave Weckl (drums), and Eric Marienthal (sax) and the Flecktones with Victor Wooten (bass), Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Howard Levy (harmonica).

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones hit the stage at 8 p.m. and played an hour and 15 minute set. The Flecktones played songs like “Big Country,” “True North,” and “Sweet Pomegranates.” All four members had a featured solo in addition the eight songs they played. Fleck is a 16-time Grammy winning banjoist and for four decades between New Grass Revival and the Flecktones has been making some of the most ingenious music.

After a dynamic set from the Flecktones, Corea and the Elektric band hit the stage for a set that also lasted an hour 15 minutes. For six decades, Corea has been one of the most revolutionary pianists/keyboardists in Jazz and Fusion. Last year Corea celebrated his 75th birthday playing at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York with all his different bands from Return to Forever to the Elektric band.  Elektric’s band set included “Charged Particles,” “Alan Corday,” and “Got A Match.” Their was a two song encore of Children’s Song No. 6 featuring Corea and Fleck as a duo and “The Message” with all Flecktone and Elektric band members. The show closed with dueling solos between Futureman and Weckl, Wooten and Patitucci, Levy and Marienthal, and of course Fleck and Corea.

Photos and text by Alex Kluft