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Album Review

There's little question that Victor Wooten is an ambitious musician. That was evident from his first two records, but Yin-Yang easily reaches farther than any album he has yet made. Spanning two discs, one instrumental and one vocal, Yin-Yang tries a little bit of everything, all underneath a smooth fusion umbrella. There's a bass showcases, worldbeat fusions, bluegrass jazz, smooth soulful jazz with banjos, full-fledged urban soul, songs based around baby gibberish — a little bit of everything, all given immaculate, glossy production. That clean production not only makes the record sound accessible, but it makes the eclecticism and unpredictable stylistic fusions sound familiar. Depending on your point of view, that's either a good or a bad thing — it either means Wooten is welcoming more listeners, or it means that it's not challenging. And that's the strange thing about Yin-Yang — it's not particularly challenging, yet it is complex and difficult to digest in one sitting. That's largely because there's so much music on the record, but it's also because Wooten's ideas sound better when heard a few cuts at a time. He's a very talented musician and has some great ideas, but a little discipline and editing would make his records more convincing and compelling.

Customer Reviews

Love It!!!

This my first Victor Wooten CD. I've heard good things about his bass playing, which is how I know of him in the first place, but now I know he is an amazing songwriter as well. I love almost everything on this album, the only thing I could do without are some of the smooth jazz songs. Some of this reminds me of groups like Jurrasic 5, some of this reminds me of the Great Bass Legend, Jaco Pastorious, and some of it tears into new territory I've never heard before. One of the songs he wrote music around his kid's jibberish. This guy is AMAZING!!

is he human?

this along with all of victors albums including bela fleck cd's are mind boggling, a bassest my self I have attempted to duplicate it but I seem to never have his timeing. If you want to learn his music use his site, if you can't talk to him personaly like I have,(he's pretty short and has a bald spot on the back of his head). I would recomend any of his albums but if you have to get one get the only one that's not on itunes the title of the album is A SHOW OF HANDS it is a solo album and will leave you second guessing human abbility. in the words of victor PEACE


Great compositions, great individual musicianship, great album. Pick it up


Born: 1964 in Hampton, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Bassist Victor Wooten began his musical career early. At age three, his brother Regi taught him to play bass, and at age five he made his stage debut with his four older brothers in the Wootens, playing songs by R&B mainstays like James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, War, and Curtis Mayfield. After playing regional tours and opening for acts like Mayfield and War, the Wootens recorded an album in 1985. However, the record received little commercial or critical response, and eventually the Wooten...
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