Victor Wooten New Releases… Five-time Grammy®-winning musician VICTOR WOOTEN, best known for his work on bass guitar with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews and more, released two new CDs on his own VIX Records in September 2012.
Continuing in his unique fashion of delivering musical innovation and thought-provoking compositions, Wooten delivered Words and Tones, a collection of 14 tracks featuring female vocalists. Sword and Stone is an instrumental CD that showcases the different sides of Wooten’s approach to music, performance and songwriting. On both CDs, Wooten contributes a variety of fretless and acoustic bass guitars, cello, keyboards, percussion, string arrangements, and vocals, highlighted by searing bass solos that will boggle the mind and definitely satisfy those that thrive on Wooten’s musical as well as technical skills.
Vocalists on Words & Tones include Saundra Williams (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings),Divinty Roxx (Beyoncé), New York vocalist Claudette Sierra, and Krystal Peterson, the newest member of Wooten’s touring band. New collaborations include a smooth vocal and bass performance from Me’shell Ndegeocello, and a beautiful duet featuring Joey Kibble (Take 6) and Cheryl Morse. Guest performers include Wooten’s brothers and kids, with several vocal tracks from Kaila Wooten, Wooten’s 14-year-old daughter. Other contributors include TheWooten Brothers; J. D. Blair (Shania Twain) and Derico Watson on drums; Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez on percussionist; and many more.
Sword & Stone is an equally impressive instrumental rendition of the recordings from Words and Tones where Wooten has added new arrangements, solos, instruments, and musicians. Each CD features a few songs not found on the other.
Wooten will continue to tour heavily in support of the releases.The touring ensemble includesWooten on electric, tenor and upright basses, cello, guitar and vocals; Krystal Peterson on vocals, keyboards and drums; J. D. Blair on vocals and drums; Derico Watson on vocals and drums; Anthony Wellington on bass, keyboards & vocals; Steve Bailey on bass, keyboards, trombone and vocals; and Dave Welsch on bass, trumpet, keyboards and vocals. Each musician will multitask (actually switching instruments mid-song) resulting in a part choreographed and part improvised display of musicianship and showmanship at its best.
The ensemble received rave reviews on their summer and fall tours in 2012.
Praise for Victor Wooten live:
“Wooten’s set was made even more astonishing by its diversity….with members of Wooten’s group frequently shifting instruments. Wooten wildly swung his instruments around his neck and shoulder, and his playing was just as astonishing, with his fingers flying on the frets, his hand picking and slapping. His playing not only was something to behold aurally, but visually.”
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA
“This man, along with his band, were some of the most talented musicians I have witnessed. Perhaps playing with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones had something to do with his decision to seek out those who shared his musical intellect. Borrowing Shania Twain’s drummer, numerous heads of prestigious music schools, and a phenomenal singer in Krystal Peterson, Victor would have his way. Wooten’s music was high-spirited, catchy, relatable, and touching. “
Jonk Music Review, Madison, WI