Soul Circus

Soul Circus

by Victor Wooten


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Anyone who knows anything about Victor Wooten knows that he's one of those rare souls: he gains a rep for playing the bass. Soul Circus, however, isn't just an extravaganza for bass players. Wooten, as it turns out, is also a heck of a writer and, as the listener will learn on the first track, a fine singer. The unusual first track, "Victa," is a funky, soulful hymn in praise of -- who else -- Wooten himself, while "Bass Tribute" offers accolades to those who've come before him. If the subject matter sounds a bit strange, the confident delivery, understated humor, and fine songwriting make it all work. Soul Circus' production is a nice merger of keyboards, drums, lots of bass, and multiple voices. While this combination and Wooten's production does provide a blueprint sound for the album, it's never predictable. "Back to India," for example, combines soul and sitar for an unusual but winning mixture. There are other oddities like "Cell Phone," complete with dialer effects, spiritually tinged material like "Prayer" and "Back to India," and songs about the power of love such as "Can't Hide Love." Overall, Soul Circus has the adventurous, confident feel of an old Sly Stone album while still being completely of its time. It's also certain that the album will convince listeners that Wooten, while still a fine bass player, has many talents.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2005
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707978521
catalogNumber: 79785
Rank: 59240

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Wooten   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,scratching,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Drums,Electric Sitar,Track Performer,Acoustic Bass,Electronic Drums,MIDI Bass,Tenor Bass
Keith LeBlanc   Vocals
Raymond Massey   Drums,Snare Drums
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Bill Miller   Flute,Vocals,Shaker,Frame Drum,Prayers
Steve Bailey   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Bootsy Collins   Vocals
Oteil Burbridge   Vocals
T.H. Subash Chandran   Percussion,Ghatam,Konnakol,Vocal Percussion,Jaw Harp,Moorsing
Alvin Chea   Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
John Cowan   Vocals
Bill Dickens   Vocals
Gary Grainger   Vocals
Barry Green   Trombone
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Howard Levy   Harmonica,Drums
Christian McBride   Vocals
Eric Silver   Acoustic Guitar
Speech   Vocals,Rap
T.M. Stevens   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Kurt Storey   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Voices,Announcer
Roy Wooten   Cajon,Box
Future Man   Keyboards,Vocals,Voices
Saundra Williams   Vocals,Chant
Shawn "Thunder" Wallace   Saxophone
J.D. Blair   Drums
Count Bass D   Rap
Rhonda Smith   Vocals
Holly Wooten   Background Vocals,Voices,Spoken Word
Kaila Wooten   Vocals,Track Performer
Regi Wooten   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Ganesh Kumar   Kanjira
Adam Wooten   Vocals,Track Performer
Arianna Wooten   Track Performer,Spoken Word
Derico Watson   Drums
Joseph Wooten   Keyboards,Vocals
Jeremiah Abel   Spoken Word
Kit Leblanc   Vocals
MC Divinity   Vocals
Kelly Gravely   Vocals
MC Sookie   Rap
Darrell Tibbs   Percussion
Larry Jarvis   Guitar
Jacques Jones   Bass Guitar
Radmila Bowers   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Bootsy Collins   Composer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Speech   Composer
Kurt Storey   Engineer
Victor Wooten   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Future Man   Composer
Saundra Williams   Composer
Count Bass D   Composer
Steven Parke   Concept,Illustrations,Prop Design
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Geoffrey Himes   Liner Notes
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Kaila Wooten   Composer
Adam Wooten   Composer
Arianna Wooten   Composer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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