Sunday, 25 January 2009

Victor Wooten - Palmystery (2008)





Palmystery 2008


Genre: Jazz / Fusion
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: April 1, 2008
Label: HEADS UP
Number of Discs: 1


The story of Victor Wooten is closely connected with the GRAMMY-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. As a longtime member of the group and under the influence of genius and bandleader Béla Fleck he developed his incredible mastership and technique as one of the premier bass players worldwide. It's naturally that further bass mentors were Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins. After Show of Hands, in 1996 Victor recorded What Did He Say? (1997), Yin-Yang (1999 ), the two-disc Live In America (2001 ), Soul Circus (2005) and now Palmystery (2008).
Victor comments the title of his new album: "A song is just an idea until someone brings it into the world,” he says. “That’s the great mystery of music or any creative endeavor. The power is in the palm of your hand. You just have to release it to the world.” Guest musicians on his new album are Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Keb’ Mo’ and several others. But not the names of the musicians are important. It's the idea, the concept, the process of creation. “It doesn’t matter how you go about writing songs,” says Wooten. “The music is coming from somewhere. If we think it’s our brain, or some strictly intellectual source, I would say we’re mistaken. Sometimes the songs show up quickly, almost completely. That’s when you realize, ‘Wow, I didn’t even write this song. It happened on its own.’ But whether it comes together in 30 minutes or several months, it’s coming from the same place. Call it what you want to – spirituality, mysticism, whatever – that energy is there. The musician is the conduit that enables that energy to enter the world.”
After such great philosophical words let's have a glimpse on this fantastic album. With the introducing piece Timers Victor immediately clarifies his position as top notch bass player and excellent composer. The arrangement reminds me of structures and arrangements I observed in Joe Zawinul's work. It's jazz fusion with a popular appeal. Serious but attractive. Ingenious the entry of Howard Levy on harmonica. Howard was a founding member of the Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and is a longtime friend of Victor.
Gambo is a piece of galactic dimension. This macabodacius assimilation of human language by filters and presets makes me speechless. Joseph Wooten on keys is a sorcerer and Derico Watson on bongos drummed by sticks, what a hell of sound tight adroitness and swiftness. Really men, you give me a whack....

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