Victor Wooten - What Did He Say?
Label: Vanguard - 79793-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Jazz-Funk
Bass students from Berklee to the Bass Institute Of Technology and all points inbetween are going to lay with this record for some time to come. Perhaps the preeminent chops monster in the bass world today, Wooten wowed critics with his debut, A Show Of Hands.
Fans of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones had been aware of Wooten's amazing abilities on the four-string electric bass for years but this stunning unaccompanied solo bass showcase drove home the point that Victor was indeed the cat.
No one had pushed the envelope on the instrument like Victor since Jaco Pastorius burst onto the scene 20 years ago. Wooten continues to push forward with good humor and Victor Wooten - What Did He Say? virtuosity. His latest is an eclectic offering with an all-star cast of characters supporting Victor in his cause of championing the bottom. Whether he's overdubbing six tracks of bass or just laying it down in real time with a rhythm section, Wooten demonstrates an uncanny command of the instrument and seems to be having a ball in the process.
This is one monster who doesn't take himself too seriously. The title track is a wacky bit of P-Funk-ish buffoonery that is strictly on the one. Victor turns in a lyrical reading of the soul anthem "What You Won't Do For Love" and blows with boppish facility on "Cherokee," performed alongside Music (Drowned World Tour Live Mix) - Various - A New Direction / Zacker Nights brothers Regi on guitar, Joseph on piano and Rudy on alto sax.
His solo bass rendition of the Lennon-McCartney gem "Norwegian Wood" is a veritable clinic in harmonics, tapping and chording. Elsewhere, Victor updates the gorgeous Coltrane ballad "Naima," a feature for fellow electric bassist and Virginia homey Oteil Burbridge, and offers an affecting, if odd, tribute to Thelonious Monk on "The Loneliest Monk.
Put simply, this is the best CD I've heard in a long time by the best musician. I find Vic's work to be moving, passionate an' just plain funky. I liked this CD more than "Show of Hands. Personally I find some of his best stuff is the funkier grooves "What did he say?
Overall, a must for anyone that can appreciate good music and gets so bored with pop. Oh, this album is just wonderful! There are incredible messages that enlighten, humor and the awesome playing Victor Wooten - What Did He Say? Victor does. Just the bestest! Track Listing: 1. Yo Victa 2. What Did He Say? What You Won't Do for Love 4. Cherokee 5.
Don't Wanna Cry 6. Hollywood Concerto - Will Tura - Orchestral Masterpieces Loneliest Monk 7.
A Chance 8. Radio W 9. Norwegian Wood Bro John Naima Sometimes I Laugh My Life The Sojourn of Arjuna Buzz Ntro A Little Buzz Kids Didn't Change Heaven Is Where the Heart Is Posted by Crimhead at AM.
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