Victor Wooten What Did He Say?
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- by Victor Wooten ~ Soul Circus ~ $16.18
- Released: October 11, 2005
- Label: Vanguard Records
Down Beat - 3/98, p.625 stars (out of 5) - "...just the right combination of fantastic chops and dynamics, interesting production, songwriting smarts, warmth and humor....no matter the volume of tracks, it's always the clarity of his ideas on bass that comes through..."
Dirty Linen - 12/97-1/98, p.75"There's nothing bass-ic about this disc. Wooten is, of course, the bass wizard of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.... The sound ranges from the fiercely funky opening title tune through a good bit of 70s-style funk..."
- 1.Yo Victa
- 2.What Did He Say?
- 3.What You Won't Do for Love
- 5.Don't Wanna Cry
- 6.The Loneliest Monk
- 7.A Chance
- 8.Radio W-Oo-10
- 9.Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
- 10.Bro John
- 12.Sometimes I Laugh
- 13.My Life
- 14.The Sojourn of Arjuna
- 15.Buzz Intro
- 16.A Little Buzz
- 17.Kids Didn't Change
- 18.Heaven Is Where the Heart Is
Personnel: Victor Wooten (vocals, acoustic & electric basses, cello, guitar, percussion, foot stomps, handclaps, keyboard programming); Regi Wooten (vocals, nylon string guitar); Cherokee, Michael Kott, Matt Smith, Elijah "Pete" Wooten, Royel, Judy Wooten (vocals); Paul McCandless (soprano sax); Rudy Wooten (alto sax); Jeff Coffin (tenor sax); Rod McGaha (trumpet); Davy Spillane (uilleann pipes); Joseph Wooten (piano); Bela Fleck (banjo); Oteil Burbridge (bass); J.D. Blair (drums, percussion, foot stomps, handclaps, drum programming, background vocals); Future Man (drums); Jim Roberts, Raymond Massey, Jennie Hoeft (percussion); Holly Wooten, Kurt Storey (foot stomps, handclaps, background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Victor Wooten.
Personnel: Victor Wooten (vocals, guitar, cello, piano, acoustic bass, electric bass, hand claps, percussion, programming, background vocals); Regi Wooten (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon-string guitar, background vocals); Rudy Wooten (vocals, alto saxophone, background vocals); Future Man (vocals, piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Cherokee, Royel (vocals, background vocals); Elijah "Pete" Wooten, Matt Smith , Matt Smith, Michael Kott (vocals); Regi Qooten (guitar); B‚la Fleck (banjo); Davy Spillane (Uilleann pipe); Paul McCandless (soprano saxophone); Jeff Collin, Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone); Rod McGaha (trumpet); James Genus (acoustic bass); Oteil Burbridge (electric bass); J.D. Blair (drums, snare drum, hand claps, percussion, drum programming, background vocals); Raymond Massey (drums, snare drum); Jennie Hoeft, Jennie Hoelt, Jennie Hoett (snare drum); Futch (cymbals); Kurt Storey, Holly Wooten (hand claps, background vocals); Jim Roberts (percussion); Robert Bailey, Jr. , Ann McCrary, Robert Bailey (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Sandy Jenkins; J.D. Blair; Chris Orange; Joe Hayden; Kurt Storey; Victor Wooten.
Recording information: Dressing Rooms; Hotel Rooms; Tour Busses; Various Living Rooms; VixMix Studios, Nashville, TN.
Author: Victor Wooten.
Photographers: Tony Baker & His Orchestra; Tony Baker .
Unknown Contributor Role: Unborn Baby Wooten.
Arrangers: Tye North; Victor Wooten.
A superb, varied, playfully crafted disc, and an absolutely stunning effort that surpasses expectations. The music varies from funk and rap to a fantastic version of John Coltrane's "Naima," to a beautiful, very different -- yet quite recognizable without being boring -- version of the Lennon/McCartney standard "Norwegian Wood." The shifts of stance, posture, and presentation are at times abrupt but never disconcerting; rather, they provoke thought and reflection. These shifts appear at times between the tracks and at times in the midst of the pieces themselves. The disc is never inaccessible; the combination of jazz and Irish music brings to mind the seemingly ridiculous combinations of Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains. The big departure from the first album is that this is not a solo bass album. He uses other instruments, and uses them well. Not to be missed. ~ Bob Gottlieb
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