Live in America (2001) by Victor Wooten: Full of energy and out-of-this-world bass playing

Victor Wooten’s Live In America album was released as a double disc in 2001 and encompasses highlights of the Yin Yang tour. Next to Victor’s excellent bass playing, the album includes performances by Regi Wooten, Joseph Wooten, and JD Blair, plus guest performances by Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Anthony Wellington, and Divinity.

Although Victor Wooten’s music is mostly considered funk and/or contemporary jazz, this live album ‘rocks’ immensely! Classics such as What Did He Say?, Yinin’ and Yangin’, and U Can’t Hold No Groove… come in a very welcomed new style with even more energy than on their respective studio recordings. The band did a great job rearranging basically every song on this double-disc release. Adding jams of covers that range from James Brown to Black Sabbath and having Marcus Miller play one of his songs with the band contributes significantly to the colourful mood of the album.

My favourite tracks on the album include, but are not limited to, What Did He Say? because of its tremendous groove, Nobody Knows My Name because of its overall beauty, and Me and My Bass Guitar because that’s the message this bass players seek in Victor’s music.

In closing, Live In America by Victor Wooten is a phenomenal live album for anyone who enjoys a live performance full of energy and out-of-this-world bass playing that nevertheless melts well with the music.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer