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Victor Wooten

Bassist Victor Wooten began his musical career early. At age three, his brother Regi taught him to play bass, and at age five he made his stage debut with his four older brothers in the Wootens, playing songs by R&B mainstays like James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, War, and Curtis Mayfield. After playing regional tours and opening for acts like Mayfield and War, the Wootens recorded an album in 1985. However, the record received little commercial or critical response, and eventually the Wooten Brothers found other gigs. By 1988, Victor Wooten moved to Nashville to join a rock band, and the following year met Béla Fleck, the banjo player for New Grass Revival. Fleck was forming a jazz group to appear on a TV show; he recruited Wooten, his brother Roy on drums, and Howard Levy on keyboards and harmonica. As the Flecktones, the group earned numerous accolades, including four Grammy nominations and a number one album on the jazz charts.

As the '90s progressed, Wooten added a solo recording career and numerous collaborations to his duties in the Flecktones. Along with solo albums like 1996's A Show of Hands and the following year's What Did He Say?, Wooten contributed to albums by friends like David Grier, Paul Brady, and Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque. His third solo album, Yin-Yang, which featured appearances by Fleck, Bootsy Collins, and the Wooten Brothers, was released in 1999. Live in America from 2001 documented four years on the road in a double-disc package. After tours with the Flecktones and a 2001 release/tour with the group Bass Extremes, Wooten returned to his solo career in 2005 with the album Soul Circus. Released in 2008, Palmystery included turns by violinist Eric Silver and harmonica player Howard Levy. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sword And Stone / Words And Tones

Disc 1

1. Sword And Stone

2. Love Is My Favorite Word

3. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

4. Get It Right

5. A Woman's Strength

6. It's All Right

7. Love To Hear U Laugh

8. Say Word

9. Be What U Are (I Love U More)

11. Brooklyn

12. Still Your Baby

13. Merlin

14. Keep It Low

Disc 2

1. Listen And Be Silent

2. Sword And Stone

3. Love Is My Favorite Word

4. A Woman's Strength

5. I Can't Make You Love Me

6. Brooklyn

7. Say Word

8. Be What U Are (I Love U More)

9. Get It Right

10. When U Grow Up

11. Overjoyed

12. Heaven

13. It's All Right

14. Love To Hear U Laugh

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Track List: Palmystery

1. 2 Timers

2. Cambo

3. I Saw God

4. The Lesson

5. Left, Right, & Center

6. Sifu

7. Miss U

8. Flex

9. The Gospel

10. Song For My Father

11. Happy Song

12. Us 2

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Track List: Soul Circus

1. Intro - Adam

2. Victa

3. Bass Tribute

4. Prayer

5. Natives

6. Can't Hide Love

7. Stay

8. On And On (feat. Saundra)

9. Cell Phone

10. Back To India

11. Soul Circus

12. Higher Law

13. Take U There

14. Ari's Eyes

15. Outro - Kids

16. Bass Tribute (Reprise)

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Track List: Live In America

Disc 1

1. Are You Ready, Baby ?

2. What Did He Say?

3. Hormones In The Headphones

4. Nobody Knows My Name

5. Hero

6. Yinnin' And Yangin'/Hey Girl

7. Sacred Silence/The Jam Man

8. Tappin' And Thumpin' /Born In The Dark/I Can't Make You Love Me

9. James Brown !/Iron Man

Disc 2

1. Miller Time

2. Good People

3. Imagine This

4. I Dream In Color

5. My Life

6. U Can't Hold No Groove...

7. Me & My Bass Guitar

8. Pretty Little Lady

9. If You Want Me To Stay/Thank You

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Track List: Yin-Yang

Disc 1

1. Imagine This

2. Yinin' & Yangin'

3. Hip Bop

4. Joe's Journey

5. The Urban Turban

6. Tali Lama

7. Zenergy

8. Kaila Speaks

9. Sacred Place

10. Resolution

Disc 2

1. Hormones In The Headphones

2. Yinin' & Yangin'

3. Kaila Raps

4. One

5. What Crime Is It?

6. Go Girl Go

7. Pretty Little Lady

8. Hero

9. Singing My Song

10. Think About That

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Track List: What Did He Say?

2. What Did He Say?

3. What You Won't Do For Love

4. Cherokee

5. Don't Wanna Cry

7. A Chance

8. Radio W-Oo-10

9. Norwegian Wood

10. Bro John

11. Naima

12. Sometimes I Laugh

13. My Life

14. The Sojourn Of Arjuna

16. A Little Buzz

17. Kids Didn't Change

18. Heaven Is Where The Heart Is

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Track List: A Show Of Hands

2. More Love

3. Lotta Stuffis?

4. The Vision

5. Overjoyed

7. A Show Of Hands

8. Not Like The Other

9. Justice

10. Medley

12. Classical Thump

13. Keep Chargin'

14. Me & My Bass Guitar

15. Words Of Wisdom

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bllynch17
Bass players are only as good as the other musicians on the track. Sounds okay, nothing great.Sounde d good with the Flecktones.
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Represent Denbigh High School Newport News VA Class of 82
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Hot, smoking hot!!!
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I have just found Mr wooden the man is a virtuoso on the base thunder thumbs as I call Mr Clark I must find him and see him live
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Very tight bass players
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Guitar girl see victor at a friend's house is the bomb. I'm sooooo jealous. I actually agree with you Joshua also my opinion.
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Great moves'
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The GREATEST bass player in my lifetime. Yes, I know that are other bass player, but none can compare to what Victor Wooten does with the Bass Guitar; this is my opinion only.
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kaitlineliza b e t h 1 5
Victor is a cool guy and a amazing bass player I met him last night at a friends house for her party. It was so cool to hear him play there. He taught my friends dad to play and he's a good friend of there's and that how I got to meet him. But I think the coolest part is when I to perform with him there.my fav song that he did there was "me and my bass guitar"
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Let's not forget Sir Paul McCartney as a great bass player
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I remember that I've meet Victor Wooten back in 1998 at the music farm and he's my Idol!! BigV
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One Word Victor OUTSTANDING! ! ! ! !
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I wish so bad I can rock tht bass the way u do. Trust me I study yo bass lines as much as possible. U are so smooth
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Man dez cats amaze me victor, marcus, and all the rest ive been a funk bass player all my life and still can't get near dez cats..so I just do me....thank God for giving all of us them
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rycstafford
Victor Yinin&yangin has a certain funk to it
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Victor is not human he's an alien from outter space living n groovin amongst us mere mortals
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Probably my favorite bass player, next to Marcus Miller, Flea, and Mark King.
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Mr. Wooten, you definitely have my ATTENTION!!!
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Definently one of the greatest persons i have had the pleasure sitting and talking with as well as lessons,very humbling experience.. . v i c u keep being vic... Thanks for the chops bro...do u...my man peace until....Lin
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To AUtopsy Stanley along with Larry Graham and Jaco (along with some others) set the table for modern Jazz fusion Bass playing. You wouldn't have a Victor Wooten without these guys I'm sure he would be the 1st to tell you that. If I was a bass player (I'm a guitarist) these guys along with James Jamerson, Duck Dunn Louis Jordan and a few others is where I would start. Victor is where I would finish!
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scott39911
He is a great musician I am proud to say that I went to high school with him and was in guitar class with him... wish I had half his talent... great guy too :)
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mackey.famil y 1
Victor would probably say that John Patitucci is at or near the top of the heap.
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Stanley is Stanley Victor is Victor we are all fortunate to have them!
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I used to think Stanley Clark was the end all of bass players. I've seen Victor twice in the last 2 months, with Bella, and there will never be another like him. Stanley, sit down.
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Victor puts more soul in his playing than many players, and that's is truly what makes him great. HIs creative syncopated rhythms never get old, and are truly beyond inspiring. He is argueably the best bass player ever. Keep it up Wooten!
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stevej225
if you like Victor Wooten you must check out Aussie Dane Alderson on You Tube...aweso m e !
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Wooten is the The future is here now
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Melodic and smooth guitar/bass playin'...yo u ' v e definitely got my attention.
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mtcsst
crazy syncopation chops! hold on to your hats and strap in.
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The whole band, the Flecktones, surpass each other in virtuosity.. . . . i get to their concerts whenever I can to experience 2 hours of speechless-j a w d r o p . . . . . . . and to humble me as a so-called musician. ß
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You make me sick...inspi r e d , but sick! :-0 incredible as always
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jimw53
Victor you are absolutely one of the best bass players I ever had the pleasure of hearing, what and amazing talented and gifted man!
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Real nice strings I'm hooked
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Yeah ... Play that bass, boy. I'll be listening! ;)
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Got to see Mr. Wooten play and do a little Q & A at a music store in SW Missouri back in the nineties. It was killer. I'm surprised the damn thing still works when he's done with it.
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If you ever get a chance to see him live, DON'T PASS IT UP!!
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jstratton68
Victor Wooten is tougher than woodpecker lips....or old folks toenails.
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God bless Waymon.....r e a l l y miss him
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rocky_b67037
Nice melody
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lanstatemap
Once I heard the Wooten
Then I saw him
Since I never play on bass anymore :)
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Victor Wooten is truly a God on the Bass
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I like this. I fit him in with Marcus and Stanley and Waymon (RIP)
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firecracker. c h e r i
Very nice!
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bwannashops
Nope, NOTHING wrong here!

Bwanna
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Palmystery convinced me! BF.
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gyasimom
I saw Victor,Stanl e y Clarke,and Marcus Miller on stage together at the 2009 Capital Jazz Fest a Bass Head Dream!!!!
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dpbass66
I think the All Music review by Heather Phares for Victor does him no justice. We all know its "only the bass", but he is an icon on the instrument, as influential as was Jaco Pastorius or Jimi Hendrix (for gutarists..) . The review doesnt even go there at all!! It just shows she really doesnt know who he is and that All Music should have jazz experts reviewing jazz musicians. I am a bass player of 35 years, for the record.
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deadtrout17
I got to see Vic playing in Eugene a few years back. Best show I've ever been to! I hope that he comes back to Oregon again soon!
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The only really good concert I've ever gone to is a concert for the Flecktones- it was awesome.
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This guy is a freak of nature. I'll be seeing him with the Flecktones at Motor City Casino on Thursday!!!
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