Vix Records, LLC
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Trypnotyx is the first album in five years from five-time Grammy-winning bass player, producer, composer, author and educator Victor Wooten, and the Victor Wooten Trio.
Produced by Wooten, Trypnotyx features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Bootsy Collins, Santana), veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini (Mike Stern, Paul Simon), and also features singer Varijashree Venugopal and comedian/voicetrumentalist Michael Winslow (Police Academy).
From the sizzling "Funky D," which features Winslow's voice and sound effects and recalls the night a kindergarten-aged Wooten saw the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, on stage for the first time, to "Cupid," which features bucolic textures, a sylvan flute, and spoken word exchanges with Wooten and his children, themes from his life thread through the album, tying virtuoso performance and life experience together.
"Music is a great way — and a safe way — to teach just about any life principle," Wooten insists. "To be in a band, you have to listen to each other. Bands are at their best when every instrument is different, not the same. Everyone takes turns talking. Everyone speaks their voice. A lot of times musicians might ask, ‘What would you like me to play?' I say, 'Listen to the music. The music will tell you exactly what it needs.'"
Named "one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by Rolling Stone, he has been voted "Bassist of the Year" three times by Bass Player magazine reader's poll, and in February 2017 Huffington Post named him one of "50 Iconic Black Trailblazers," pictured just after President Barack Obama.
The youngest of five boys, Wooten began playing music at two years old, and was playing gigs by the tender age of five with the family band, the Wooten Brothers, opening for Curtis Mayfield and War, among others. He first "wowed music heads" nationwide (Kansas City Star) in 1987, as a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
|Liz & Opie|
|The 13th Floor|
|A Little Rice And Beans|
|A Soul Full Of Ballad|
|Caught In The Act|
|Liz & Opie - Live|
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