Yes, I really enjoy Bela Fleck. I was a little upset to find I missed a show he performed at Golden Gate Park a couple of weeks back during the Hardly Strictly Business Bluegrass Festival. Confederation
, like lanny said, has become a regular listen for me, for the same reasons. The Scruggs stuff I have heard is good (and I don't have any of it on LP), but I haven't found it quite as.... exciting as Confederation
I guess at this point I'm less concerned with the Banjo virtuosity and more interested in the "realism" that lanny mentioned - that truly live feel.
On the rock end of the spectrum, Frank Black and the Catholics record almost everything live to two-track tape, and a couple of their albums have no cuts or edits whatsoever (most of the rest only have a couple anyway). I feel they achieve a similar realism, and I absolutely love Frank Black's music. The problem is, their LPs are ridiculously hard to find/expensive, so I only have one of them so far (everything else I have on CD).
It is their self-titled first album, and it is