Five-time Grammy-winning musician Victor Wooten, best known for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Dave Matthews is on tour this summer backed by an amazing ensemble of musicians as he gears up for the release of two new CDs on VIX Records in September of 2012. In between intense touring with The Flecktones, Wooten has been recording and mixing a new CD that will be released in two versions simultaneously in September. Wooten and his band roll into Yoshi's at Jack London Square, July 19th and 20th.
Words & Tones comprises 13 songs (11 new original tracks and 2 cover songs) which all feature a female vocalist. Vocalists include longtime friends Saundra Williams (Sharon jones and the Dap Kings) and Divinty Roxx (Beyonce), as well as Wooten’s brothers and kids. New collaborations include a smooth vocal performance from Me’shell Ndegeocello, a beautiful duet featuring Joey Kibble (Take 6), and fiery percussion from “Pedrito” Martinez.
Sword & Stone is the instrumental rendition of the recordings. To make things more interesting, Wooten has added new arrangements, solos, instruments, and musicians to this CD. Each CD features a few songs not found on the other.
On this tour brings Krystal Peterson, a young singing sensation from Cincinnati. Also joining Wooten are long time cohorts J. D. Blair, Derico Watson, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, and Dave Welsch. These touring musicians also join Wooten on the new CDs. Peterson sings two songs on Words and Tones.
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. Instruments include: bass, acoustic bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, cello, percussion, vocals, and more.
Wooten comments, “Like the new records, I’ll make a slight departure from previous bands. This time around, I’ll be featuring a unique mixture of multi-instrumentalists. Fans can expect high energy, world-class musicianship, and as always, things they’ve never seen or heard before. The show will consist of mostly new music from my upcoming 2 new CD’S, but will also feature songs from my earlier releases, as well as original music from members of the band, including selections from 2012?, J.D.Blair’s new CD, which was just released on VIX Records.”
You can sample the new music here:
Yoshi's in Oakland
Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th @8:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M.