by Victor Wooten


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There's little question that Victor Wooten is an ambitious musician. That was evident from his first two records, but Yin-Yang easily reaches farther than any album he has yet made. Spanning two discs, one instrumental and one vocal, Yin-Yang tries a little bit of everything, all underneath a smooth fusion umbrella. There's a bass showcases, worldbeat fusions, bluegrass jazz, smooth soulful jazz with banjos, full-fledged urban soul, songs based around baby gibberish -- a little bit of everything, all given immaculate, glossy production. That clean production not only makes the record sound accessible, but it makes the eclecticism and unpredictable stylistic fusions sound familiar. Depending on your point of view, that's either a good or a bad thing -- it either means Wooten is welcoming more listeners, or it means that it's not challenging. And that's the strange thing about Yin-Yang -- it's not particularly challenging, yet it is complex and difficult to digest in one sitting. That's largely because there's so much music on the record, but it's also because Wooten's ideas sound better when heard a few cuts at a time. He's a very talented musician and has some great ideas, but a little discipline and editing would make his records more convincing and compelling.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/1999
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397427423
catalogNumber: 974274
Rank: 33908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victor Wooten   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Cello,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Peter Rowan   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Violin,Viola
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Steve Bailey   Bass
Bootsy Collins   Vocals
Kathy Chiavola   Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Tenor Saxophone
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Jonell Mosser   Vocals
Kurt Storey   Violin
Kirk Whalum   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carter Beauford   Drums
Future Man   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Theremin,Background Vocals
J.D. Blair   Drums,Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Vocals
Count Bass D   Rap
Park Law   Vocals
Dorothy G. Wooten   Vocals
Allyson Taylor   Vocals
Aseem Hetep   Vocals
Michael Kott   Cello,Background Vocals
Roger "Rock" Williams   Soprano Saxophone
Holly Wooten   Background Vocals
Kaila Wooten   Vocals
Regi Wooten   Acoustic Guitar,wah wah guitar
Rudy Wooten   Saxophone
Jim Roberts   Djembe,Shaker
Billy Contreras   Violin
Jonathan Morse   Background Vocals
David Blazer   Cello

Technical Credits

Kurt Storey   Engineer
Victor Wooten   Programming,Producer
J.D. Blair   drum programming
Griffin Norman   Artwork
Test Department   Composer

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Yin-Yang 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened this album, I found it so different, with so much styles that I took some time to understand it´s meaning. When it finally got cleared I realize that it´s an amazing album...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other Victor Wooten albums astound, this one goes beyond any conceptions and definitions. It's ambitious but not aimlessly sprawling, articulate and intelligent messages abound without becoming preachy--everything is truly ''yinin' and yangin'.'' Victor's solos are toned down a bit more on this album, with the first disc covering jazz ground, while the second disc unleashes a lethal barrage of hard funk grooves. Most notable on disc 1--''Hip Bop,'' a fusion beauty. Disc 2--The incredibly funky ''Hormones in the Headphones,'' ''What Crime Is It'' (with P-Funk alum and funk bass guru Bootsy Collins), and the chaotically tight ''Pretty Little Lady.'' ''Yinin' and Yangin','' the beautiful title track(s) is presented on both discs in keeping with each individual disc's style. The funk rendering contains a rap in it. This album is the one to find, the one to look for, and you'll groove and relax to it simultaneously millions of times.