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Victor Wooten
Wooten's 2008 Release "Palmystery"

by: Miles Overn

"Palmystery" once again shows Victor Wooten at his alchemical best, stirring up a truly Wooten-esque concoction of styles from Funk to Gospel to Jazz with many other elements thrown in that add even more flavour to an already more than exotic offering.

Wooten's releases as a leader are always marked by out-of-this-world creativity and straight-from-the-bottom-of-the-heart joy and playfulness. "Palmystery" is no exception. From the opening bars of the CDs opening up-tempo "2 Timers" through to the final phrases of the ending ballad "Us 2", Wooten's own playing is masterful and musical. Guitarist Mike Stern and multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona, both musical giants in their own right, each bring their own thing to the numbers they guest on. Amazingly, none of this superior musicianship ever gets in the way of the music - this CD can be simply grooved out on and enjoyed solely for its vibe.

All the songs are by Wooten, with the notable exception of Horace Silver's enduring jazz standard, "Song for my Father". Wooten's treatement updates the tune while still respecting the original and includes a wonderful bass solo as well as tenor sax solo by Karl Denson and some great ensemble playing.

Wooten die-hard bass-slinging fusion musician fans will find plenty here to send them excitedly to the woodshed for days of digging into these tunes. Funk fans will dig putting this disc on and cranking up the stereo just for the gorgeous bass tones and the gut shaking feel.

Victor Wooten

Jazz and funk bassist Victor Wooten is one of those very rare musicians who combines virtuousity and mastery of his instrument with an intense spirituality and a joyful humility that makes his music a true delight to listen to.

Wooten has been a part of the Flecktones since their inception in the late 80s. He has also been part of many other projects with a host of brilliant musicians.

Partial Discography:

Soul Circus
Live In America
What Did He Say?
A Show of Hands

Partial Gigs List:

Miles Overn

Miles Overn has been writing about music and musicians for close to 30 years. He has attended hundreds of concerts all over the world and has also photographed many of the world's top artists.

Other reviews by Miles Overn

Van Halen's 2012 Release A Different Kind of Truth
Plant's Band Of Joy Masterfully Nuanced
Satriani's 2010 "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards"
Joey + Rory's 2010 Release "Album Number 2"
Yanofsky's 2010 "Nikki"
Pace Jr's "Because of You"
Buble's 2009 Release "Crazy Love"
Anderson's 2009 Blues CD "Even Things Up"
Wooten's 2008 Release "Palmystery"
Abercrombie's 1985 Masterpiece "Current Events"
Di Meola's "Consequence of Chaos"
Anderson's 1997 "Dogs In Heaven"

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