Today, let's check out some videos of the Victor Wooten Trio, who are coming to St. Louis to perform Tuesday, March 27 at the Old Rock House.
Featuring Wooten on bass, Dennis Chambers on drums, and Bob Franceschini on tenor sax, the group is touring in support of their latest album Trypnotyx, which was released last September. The album feature 14 tracks of original material, with Wooten and Franceschini augmenting their instruments with various electronics to expand the sound, plus some guest contributions from singer Varijashree Venugopal and actor/comedian/"voicetrumentalist" Michael Winslow.
You can see Wooten, Chambers and Franceschini getting into something from the bassist's back catalog in the first video up above, which shows them playing Zenergy" from his 1999 album Yin-Yang in a version recorded in January of this year at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco
After the jump, you can see live versions of some of the material from Trypnotiyx, starting with Take Off" from that same Regency Ballroom gig; DC10," recorded last October at the C2G Music Hall in Fort Wayne, IN; The 13th Floor," from a gig in May 2017 at the Joy Theater in New Orleans; and Funky D," recorded in January 2017 during the halftime of an NBA game at NYC's Madison Square Garden.
The sixth video is a full show, recorded on December 12 of last year at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC.
That's followed by a recording of Wooten's solo spot from the Joy Theater show, in which he touches on tunes including You Can't Hold No Groove," Sex In A Pan," and Amazing Grace"; and a one-on-one interview with the the bassist, recorded in July of last year for the YouTube channel Scott's Bass Lessons.
For more on Victor Wooten and Trypnotyx, check out Wooten's interviews from December 2017 with the Boston music website RedLineRoots.com and the website For Bass Players Only
You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
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