by Victor WootenVictor Wooten


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There's little question that Victor Wooten is an ambitious musician. That was evident from his first two records, but Yin-Yang easily reaches farther than any album he has yet made. Spanning two discs, one instrumental and one vocal, Yin-Yang tries a little bit of everything, all underneath a smooth fusion umbrella. There's a bass showcases, worldbeat fusions, bluegrass jazz, smooth soulful jazz with banjos, full-fledged urban soul, songs based around baby gibberish -- a little bit of everything, all given immaculate, glossy production. That clean production not only makes the record sound accessible, but it makes the eclecticism and unpredictable stylistic fusions sound familiar. Depending on your point of view, that's either a good or a bad thing -- it either means Wooten is welcoming more listeners, or it means that it's not challenging. And that's the strange thing about Yin-Yang -- it's not particularly challenging, yet it is complex and difficult to digest in one sitting. That's largely because there's so much music on the record, but it's also because Wooten's ideas sound better when heard a few cuts at a time. He's a very talented musician and has some great ideas, but a little discipline and editing would make his records more convincing and compelling.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397427423
catalogNumber: 974274
Rank: 77838

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Wooten   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Cello,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Peter Rowan   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Violin,Viola
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Steve Bailey   Bass
Bootsy Collins   Vocals
Kathy Chiavola   Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Tenor Saxophone
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Jonell Mosser   Vocals
Kurt Storey   Violin
Kirk Whalum   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carter Beauford   Drums
Future Man   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Theremin,Background Vocals
J.D. Blair   Drums,Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Vocals
Count Bass D   Rap
Park Law   Vocals
Dorothy G. Wooten   Vocals
Allyson Taylor   Vocals
Aseem Hetep   Vocals
Michael Kott   Cello,Background Vocals
Roger "Rock" Williams   Soprano Saxophone
Holly Wooten   Background Vocals
Kaila Wooten   Vocals
Regi Wooten   Acoustic Guitar,wah wah guitar
Rudy Wooten   Saxophone
Jim Roberts   Djembe,Shaker
Billy Contreras   Violin
Jonathan Morse   Background Vocals
David Blazer   Cello

Technical Credits

Kurt Storey   Engineer
Victor Wooten   Programming,Producer
J.D. Blair   drum programming
Griffin Norman   Artwork
Test Department   Composer

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