Palmystery

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Victor Wooten makes it clear in the first few seconds of Palmystery that he's the man in charge. His spellbinding, acrobatic basslines take the lead, literally, and even when he's fulfilling the traditional role of the bassist (not that there's much about his virtuosic playing that's traditional) and shining the spotlight on his collaborators, he remains the focal point. Yet Wooten, the veteran bassist of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, is no showoff. Through mostly original compositions (the sole cover is Horace Silver's "Song for My Father") that glide easily between jazz fusion, world music, R&B, gospel, rock, and funk, through instrumental and vocal sections, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Victor Wooten makes it clear in the first few seconds of Palmystery that he's the man in charge. His spellbinding, acrobatic basslines take the lead, literally, and even when he's fulfilling the traditional role of the bassist (not that there's much about his virtuosic playing that's traditional) and shining the spotlight on his collaborators, he remains the focal point. Yet Wooten, the veteran bassist of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, is no showoff. Through mostly original compositions (the sole cover is Horace Silver's "Song for My Father") that glide easily between jazz fusion, world music, R&B, gospel, rock, and funk, through instrumental and vocal sections, improvisations and structured pieces, Wooten holds it all together -- it's nearly impossible not to listen to what he's doing with his instrument. Still, although the musicianship is never less than stellar throughout and always takes a front seat, this is not an indulgent record -- Wooten and his crew serve the songs, not vice versa, and they do so with panache. The leadoff track, "2 Timers," serves notice that this is going to be a fun listen, not a difficult one, despite the complexity often inherent: with one drummer playing in 3/4 time and the other in 4/4 (hence the title), Wooten alternately hands the reins over to violinist Eric Silver, a three-man horn section, harmonica ace Howard Levy, and brother Joseph Wooten on keyboards. Continual shifts of tempo, mood, and texture keep things lively and then, just in case it seems like this is how it might stay, the second track, the Arabian-flavored "Cambo," puts an entirely different spin on things. With lead and choired vocals by co-writer Amir Ali and Saundra Williams, Wooten lays down a solid rhythm over which brothers Joseph and guitarist Regi Wooten work out, along with Ali on violin, lute, and darbouka (an African hand drum). Each successive track expands the album's colorings: on "I Saw God," which features Richard Bona among its vocalists, Victor Wooten offers a non-religious person's impressions of his confrontation with a unisexual, philosophical, word-playing deity, while the flamenco-esque "The Lesson" pares down the cast to just Victor on bass and another Flecktone brother, Roy Wooten, supplying percussion. And so on throughout: "The Gospel" doubles up Wooten's fretted and fretless basses with ghostly vocals from the Woodard Family and a team of horns, and the Silver interpretation is spirited and swinging, with Karl Denson's tenor saxophone among the more notable solos on the record. "Us 2," the closing track, is also the quietest, Wooten laying low on basses and drum programming while Keb' Mo' peels off sleek slide guitar licks and Joseph Wooten lays down a bed of keyboards. "Sifu" utilizes Mike Stern's guitar. "Miss U," which features the Lee Boys on vocals, Roosevelt "The Doctor" Collier on pedal steel, and Alvin Lee (presumably not the Ten Years After guitarist) on guitar, is a gospelized, bluesy, soul-fried rave-up that gives Wooten a chance to show off his boogie power. Palmystery solidifies Victor Wooten's rep not only as one of the most skillful, inventive bassists on the planet but a heck of a diversified songwriter and bandleader, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361313524
  • Catalog Number: 3135
  • Sales rank: 41,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 2 Timers (4:51)
  2. 2 Cambo (5:25)
  3. 3 I Saw God (4:20)
  4. 4 The Lesson (5:55)
  5. 5 Left, Right & Center (7:11)
  6. 6 Sifu (7:36)
  7. 7 Miss U (4:33)
  8. 8 Flex (6:37)
  9. 9 The Gospel (6:42)
  10. 10 Song for My Father (5:18)
  11. 11 Happy Song (4:23)
  12. 12 Us 2 (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Victor Wooten Primary Artist, Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Fretless Bass Guitar, Soloist, Slide Bass, Tenor Bass
Mike Stern Guitar
Chuck Rainey Vocals, Voices
Alvin Lee Guitar
Raymond Massey Drums
Rod McGaha Trumpet
Dennis Chambers Drums
Steve Bailey Fretless Bass Guitar
Alvin Chea Vocals
Jeff Coffin Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Barry Green Trombone
Derrick Lee Vocals
Howard Levy Harmonica
Eric Silver Mandolin, Violin
Roy Wooten Hand Clapping, Cajon, Shaker
Keb' Mo' Slide Guitar
Karl Denson Tenor Saxophone
Dane Bryant Keyboards
Future Man Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Saundra Williams Vocals, Voices
Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Alto Saxophone
J.D. Blair Drums
Will Kennedy Drums
Dorothy G. Wooten Vocals
Richard Bona Percussion, Vocals
Neal Evans Organ
Holly Wooten Vocals, Voices
Kaila Wooten Vocals
Regi Wooten Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Rudy Wooten Alto Saxophone
Daniel Hunt Vocals, Voices
John Billings Bass, Bass Guitar
Keith Lee Vocals
Amir Ali Violin, Lute, Vocals, Voices, Darbouka
Adam Wooten Vocals, Voices
Derico Watson Drums
James "Duke" Jackson Conga
The Woodard Family Vocals
Roosevelt "The Doctor" Collier Pedal Steel Guitar
Joseph Wooten Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Dorothy Wooten Vocals
Anthony Wellington Bass Guitar
Alvin Lee Guitar
Earl "Big E" Walker Drums
Sifu Brian Edwards Vocals
Alvin Cordy Jr. Bass Guitar
Darrell Tibbs Percussion
The Woodard Family Vocals
Anthony "Flex" Wellington Bass Guitar
Doug Woodard Vocals
James Jackson Conga
Technical Credits
Horace Silver Composer
Steve Bailey Engineer
Kurt Storey Engineer
Victor Wooten Engineer, drum programming
Future Man Composer
Steven Parke Art Direction
Brad Bowden Engineer
Amir Ali Composer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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