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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, Rovi
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rycstafford
Victor Yinin&yangin has a certain funk to it
Victor is not human he's an alien from outter space living n groovin amongst us mere mortals
Probably my favorite bass player, next to Marcus Miller, Flea, and Mark King.
Mr. Wooten, you definitely have my ATTENTION!!!
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
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!
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 :)
mackey.famil y 1
Victor would probably say that John Patitucci is at or near the top of the heap.
Stanley is Stanley Victor is Victor we are all fortunate to have them!
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.
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!
stevej225
if you like Victor Wooten you must check out Aussie Dane Alderson on You Tube...aweso m e !
Wooten is the The future is here now
Melodic and smooth guitar/bass playin'...yo u ' v e definitely got my attention.
mtcsst
crazy syncopation chops! hold on to your hats and strap in.
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
pureoil0
You make me sick...inspi r e d , but sick! :-0 incredible as always
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!
Real nice strings I'm hooked
Yeah ... Play that bass, boy. I'll be listening! ;)
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.
If you ever get a chance to see him live, DON'T PASS IT UP!!
jstratton68
Victor Wooten is tougher than woodpecker lips....or old folks toenails.
God bless Waymon.....r e a l l y miss him
rocky_b67037
Nice melody
lanstatemap
Once I heard the Wooten
Then I saw him
Since I never play on bass anymore :)
Victor Wooten is truly a God on the Bass
I like this. I fit him in with Marcus and Stanley and Waymon (RIP)
firecracker. c h e r i
Very nice!
bwannashops
Nope, NOTHING wrong here!

Bwanna
Palmystery convinced me! BF.
gyasimom
I saw Victor,Stanl e y Clarke,and Marcus Miller on stage together at the 2009 Capital Jazz Fest a Bass Head Dream!!!!
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.
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!
The only really good concert I've ever gone to is a concert for the Flecktones- it was awesome.
This guy is a freak of nature. I'll be seeing him with the Flecktones at Motor City Casino on Thursday!!!
Saw Victor with The Flecktones around 15 times. He is like having 4 or 5 bass players at the same time . I agree with bssmn71 below . Basses also make good firewood.
Had the chance to see him live with the Flecktones. Truly a moving experience. Made me want to use my bass as a coffee table because it just doesn't get any better, or even close to , to him.
As a side note, check out some of the stuff he did with Steve Bailey. Definitely worth a listen.
THE best bass player I have ever heard!! His talent is close to unparalelled
truly one of the best ever to grace a bass!
Long live the bass!
johnturner56
There are no words that desribe how truly awe inspiring Victor's musicianship is. Whether live or on recordings his talent is evident to all but the truly dead. Deaf people can groove with this, 'cause you don't just listen, you FEEL !!!!!
cwilburn1966
I thought Larry Carlton and Brian Culbertson were nice but this guy takes the cake and eats it!!! Lovin' this for real, truly.
This guy is SICK, so talented he almost makes me want to throw my bass into a wood chipper.
Victor Wooten is the Niccolo Paganini of the 20th/21st century, put simply there's people like Steve Vai, Jaco Pastorious, Paco de Lucia, Buddy Rich, and Rafeal Mendez but Victor Wooten is better than anyone, on any instrument or any genre. He's innovated and pioneered dozens of techniques, has incredible technique, tone, groove,
improvisatio n a l ability , and is a great song writer. Meanwhile he's incredibly humble and would say everything i just said was BS, make the decision yourself.
he inspired me greatly to continue playing bass instead of switching to guitar, and i'm glad i stuck with bass! very pro i hope i can see him and his band live.
pcrisman1
His studio releases don't do justice to the live shows. The live shows have much more energy, and he and the band form a great connection with the audience. The studio recordings are great, but don't reach out and grab you the way the live performances do. (I could say many similar things re: Flecktones, but somehow the VW shows are more personal.)
You should check him out on youtube. He does a great version of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood.
You must see Victor and his band live. One of the best shows you will ever see or hear. Pros all the way. Prepare to be blown away.
bass player extrodinare. . . j u s t ask stanley clarke, or marcus miller!

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