Rocket Science (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones album)

Rocket Science is a studio album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 2011. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and number 36 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The song "Life in Eleven" won Best Instrumental Composition at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Rocket Science
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 2011
GenreJazz fusion, progressive bluegrass, post-bop
ProducerBéla Fleck
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Rocket Science

The album is the first since 1992's UFO Tofu to feature founding member Howard Levy in the regular band lineup.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

In his AllMusic review, music critic Thom Jurek praised the album, calling the Flecktones re-energized. He wrote "With Levy on harmonica and piano, it's as if he never left. Rather than try to re-create the band's old sound, the Flecktones push ever further into their own seamless, unclassifiable meld of jazz, progressive bluegrass, rock, classical, funk, and world music traditions on this delightful—and at times mind-blowing—record."[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Béla Fleck unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Gravity Lane" - 5:58
  2. "Prickly Pear" - 3:49
  3. "Joyful Spring" (Howard Levy) - 2:39
  4. "Life In Eleven" (H. Levy/B. Fleck) - 5:25
  5. "Falling Forward" - 5:08
  6. "Storm Warning" - 7:57
  7. "Like Water" (Victor Wooten/B. Fleck) - 4:42
  8. "Earthling Parade" - 7:58
  9. "The Secret Drawer" (Future Man) - 2:12
  10. "Sweet Pomegranates" (H. Levy) - 5:55
  11. "Falani" - 6:50
  12. "Bottle Rocket" - 5:53


Production notes:

  • Béla Fleck – producer
  • Kevin Dailey – engineer
  • Richard Battaglia – engineer
  • Richard Dodd – mastering
  • Jeremy Cowart – photography
  • Sean Marlowe – art direction, design
  • Paul Grosso – cover art, creative director


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Rocket Science > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2011.