Victor Wooten

Regarded as one of the most influential bassists since Jaco Pastorius, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Victor Wooten is best known for his work with the Grammy-winning group, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, as well as for his solo and other projects.

A child prodigy, Wooten began performing professionally with the Wooten Brothers Band at age five, eventually opening concerts for Curtis Mayfield and War. In 1988, Wooten moved to Nashville, where he worked with singer Jonell Mosser and met New Grass Revival banjo ace Béla Fleck. A year later, Fleck enlisted Victor Wooten, his brother Roy (a.k.a. Future Man), and harmonica-playing keyboardist Howard Levy to form the Flecktones. After Levy departed in 1993, the band’s new trio format enabled Victor to develop and display a staggering array of skills.

With the Flecktones in full flight, Victor set his sights on a solo career. He formed the band Bass Extremes with fellow bassist Steve Bailey and, in 1996, released his solo debut, A Show of Hands. Wooten then took his solo show on the road with drummer J.D. Blair. He released What Did He Say? in 1997, the Grammy-nominated Yin-Yang in 1999, and the double CD Live In America in 2001. His 2008 release, Thunder, a stunning collaboration with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, is on the Head Up International label.

Sound Samples

  • Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and David Haynes live at Winter NAMM 2009