|Halfling Bass Player|
Victor Wooten is regaled as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. He is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning super-group; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. He is an innovator on the bass guitar, as well as a talented composer, arranger, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Mr. Wooten owns a Halfling Pin Bridge Bass.
Mr. Wooten grew up in a military family in which his older brothers all played and sang music. At the age of 3 Victor was being taught bass by his oldest brother; Regi. At age 5 he was performing professionally with the Wooten Brothers Band. He recalls, "My parents and brothers were the foundation. They prepared me for anything by teaching me to keep my mind open and learn to adapt." Working their way east from Sacramento, the band played countless clubs and eventually opened concerts for Curtis Mayfield and War.
After moving to Nashville in 1988 Mr. Wooten met Bela Fleck and was enlisted with his brother Roy Wooten (a.k.a. Future Man) and harmonica-playing keyboardist Howard Levy to play with Mr. Fleck with his newly created band; the Flecktones. The band released three highly successful albums and earned a Grammy.
Mr. Wooten also launched a successful solo career, first forming Bass Extremes with Steve Bailey and released his critically-acclaimed solo debut, A Show of Hands, in 1996. He won two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist Of The Year and is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine's Bass Player Of The Year.
He has also performed with artists like Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Bruce Hornsby, Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, Prince, Gov't Mule, Susan Tedeschi, Vital Tech Tones, the Jaco Pastorius Word Of Mouth Big Band, and the soundtrack of the Disney film Country Bears.
In 2005 Victor released Soul Circus. A three-ring affair, the disc boasts such guests as the Wooten brothers, Bootsy Collins, Arrested Development rapper/vocalist Speech, Howard Levy, Dennis Chambers, Saundra Williams, J.D. Blair, Derico Watson, Flecktone Jeff Coffin, and a who's-who of bassists, including Bailey, Burbridge, Will Lee, Rhonda Smith, Christian McBride, T.M. Stevens, Bill Dickens and Gary Grainger. For more on Mr. Wooten check out his website at www.victorwooten.com.
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