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2017 Reader Favorites – #10: Victor Wooten

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten is a regular on the No Treble reader favorite lists each year, and this year is no different.

News of Victor’s new album, “Trypnotyx,” – his first since 2012 – and the supporting tour generated a lot of buzz. Not only that, metal band Nitro announced that Victor would be making a guest appearance on their new album.

Add to that some stunning videos featuring Victor, and it all adds up to land him on the top 10 list once again.

Victor Wooten Trio: Funky D

1. Victor Wooten Trio: Funky D

Victor Wooten and his trio with drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini warmed up for their recent Blue Note Club residency with another gig: the halftime show at a Knicks game. The three musicians performed the song “Funky D”, blowing away the enormous crowd in Madison Square Garden…

Victor Wooten: FretTraX MIDI Bass Demo

2. Victor Wooten: FretTraX MIDI Bass Demo

Back in March, James Ross created this video for Jross-tv. I don’t know how I missed it, but it has been blowing up recently on Facebook. In this video, Victor Wooten demos FretTraX MIDI’s mod of one of his Fodera basses, by Lee Young…

Victor Wooten Releases “Trypnotyx”

3. Victor Wooten Releases “Trypnotyx”

Trypnotyx released in September, featuring the core trio of Wooten, drummer Dennis Chambers, and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. The record is packed tight with sick grooves and overflowing musicality – from the blazing unison riffs of “Dc10” to the floating melody of “Cruising Altitude” and more…

Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones: Sinister Minister

4. Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones: Sinister Minister

Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones played the Mountain Jam VII back in 2011. Here’s the band performing “Sinister Minister” during that performance. Vic gets the crowd going with a solo around the 3:17 mark…

Victor Wooten to Record Bass for Revived Nitro Glam Metal Band

5. Victor Wooten to Record Bass for Revived Nitro Glam Metal Band

Founding members Michael Angelo Batio and frontman Jim Gillette announced last year that they’d be reforming their ’80s glam metal band Nitro for a new album. Now they’ve announced Victor Wooten will be the guest bass player on the record…

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