- Are You Ready, Baby?
- What Did He Say?
- Hormones in the Headphones
- Nobody Knows My Name
- Yinnin' and Yangin'/Hey Girl
- Sacred Silence/The Jam Man
- Tappin' and Thumpin'/Born in the Dark/I Can't Make You Love Me
- James Brown/Iron Man
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Victor Wooten's fourth solo record is a double-disc package documenting four years on the road with brothers Reggie Wooten (guitar and vocals) and Joseph Wooten (keyboards and vocals), as well as JD Blair (drums and vocals). The Wooten band serves up full-throttle funk, R&B, and pop power ballads, as well as feel-good fusion, often with a dash of hip-hop courtesy of rapper (and guest bassist) MC Divinity. The leader's widely celebrated bass virtuosity is on display throughout, but most explicitly during "Hey Girl," "Tappin' and Thumpin'," "Sacred Silence/The Jam Man," "Me and My Bass Guitar," and "Pretty Little Lady." Disc one begins with a studio-recorded introduction from P-Funk bass legend Bootsy Collins, disc two with a bass duel featuring fusion veteran Marcus Miller. Tributes to other musical heroes (Sly Stone, James Brown, and Jaco Pastorius) crop up during the course of the album's 118 combined minutes. While there's much to be said for their tightness and musicianship, Wooten and company can get bogged down in overly long jams, and some of their live schtick doesn't translate so well on record.
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I bought this for a friend just turning 30. I already had it, and love it. I love the fact that it is a live, double CD set. It is a colaboration of several live concerts that Victor Wooten performed. It illustrates the versatility of the Victor and his band, and introduces a fairly unknown, yet talented artist in Divinity. Live music allows artist such as Victor Wooten to turn it loose, and not be at all restricted to watering down his product in the studio. Victor adds a little sillyness in his performances all in the effort to entertain live audiences. It is effective. My friend wanting to know about my intrigue with Jazz I feel will better understand why I like this stuff after listening to this CD. Victor is very entertaining on this one.