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Victor Wooten and Carter Beauford: Making Music

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Victor Wooten & Carter Beauford Making Music Hudson Music 2002 One of my favorite VHS tapes in High School around 14 years ago was the Hudson Music recording called Making Music, featuring Carter Beauford and Victor Wooten. This recording is still available from Hudson Music and, as of 2002, the film contains over 90 minutes of bonus footage. When Carter Beauford was two, he started playing drums. He was so young that when he watched Buddy Rich play on TV and set his drum set up to mirror Rich's kit he didn't realize ...

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Victor Wooten Band, Denver, CO, July 14, 2012

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Victor Wooten BandCervantes Masterpiece BallroomDenverJuly 14, 2012How low can you go? You can't go any lower than the Victor Wooten Band. The band is deep, it's low, it's almost all bottom. This is a band where five members play bass. That is to say, five bass players. In one band. They didn't all play at the same time. Saturday night, the most bassists we heard at one time were only four. That is to say, four bass players played at the same time. Frequently.Morphine pioneered what the group called “low rock." But that ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music

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The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music Victor L. Wooten Paperback; 288 pages ISBN: 9789022993538 Berkley Books 2008

Bassist Victor Wooten's book The Music Lesson is a tour de force, a bold and courageous exploration of how to shift one's consciousness and engage the world from a nonordinary perspective. This is not your usual jazz autobiography, but then Wooten is not your usual musician: the forty-four year old bassist is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine's Bass Player of the Year award, and ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Victor Wooten: Palmystery

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There are those who believe jazz is the devil's music. However, many artists have used this music to express their spirituality and reverence for God. Bassist Victor Wooten is among those, presenting that side of himself with Palmystery. Wooten is a husband and father of four, as well as the youngest of the five Wooten Brothers. The group performed on the West Coast, opening for such acts as Curtis Mayfield and War. Wooten's influences on the bass include Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins. Wooten spent several years as a member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Greg Howe/Victor Wooten/Dennis Chambers: Extraction

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In his acclaimed bass camps, Vic Wooten counsels his students that the spaces between the notes are as important as the notes themselves. Greg Howe doesn’t seem to have taken that lesson to heart, considering the number of notes per second on this release. Extraction is just about evenly divided between well-crafted, thoughtful compositions and dead-end chops demonstrations. Whether the ratio is worthwhile is up to the individual listener.

The pedigrees of these musicians are unquestionably solid. Right off the bat we’re treated to a powerful Chambers drum solo on the title track, which then settles into a 16th-note melody ...

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Scott Henderson, Steve Smith, Victor Wooten: Vital Tech Tones

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Mike Varney wanted a powerhouse release to inaugurate his “Tone Center” fusion offshoot of Shrapnel Records. He of course thought of some of the very best artists to pull together for this project. I need not go into detail over each artist’s abilities. One or two words says it all -- awesome monsters. For those of you who don’t know, Scott Henderson gets around. With his fine self-formed band Tribal Tech he has released a string of awesome fusion and solo’ed a few hot blues releases. He has worked with Chick Corea, Jean Luc Ponty, Jeff Berlin, and Joe Zawinul. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Henderson, Steve Smith, Victor Wooten: Vital Tech Tones

Perhaps a more spontaneous super-trio gathering of the post-70s fusion generation, Vital Tech Tones finds guitarist Scott Henderson chasing the voodoo down with mercurial bassist Victor Wooten (known for his scintillating slap-style as a member of Bela Fleck's Flecktones), and veteran jazz / stadium rocker, Steve Smith. The trio has assembled a wide ranging, often blues-based arrangement of group compositions / jams, and it proves an engaging showcase for Henderson's extreme talent, both in terms of solos and rhythm work. Drummer Steve Smith ably anchors Wooten's miraculous assortment of rumbling, popping, pyrotechnic baselines, most evident in tunes like “Snake Soda." ...



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