You never know quite what to expect when five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten steps onto the stage. He a bassist’s bassist. And although he’s best known as the bottom-end anchor for the forward-thinking Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Wooten is even more of a wild card when he steps out on his own, as he’ll be doing when he leads his own band into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday (June 6).
In between touring with the Flecktones, Wooten has been busy recording and mixing a new CD that will be released in two very different versions simultaneously in September, so he’ll land in Hudson armed with plenty of new, fresh material.
The upcoming album “Words & Tones” is a baker’s dozen of tunes featuring such vocalists as Saundra Williams (of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings), Divinty Roxx (Beyonce’s band), Joey Kibble (Take 6) and Hudson’s own Me’shell Ndegeocello.
Meanwhile, “Sword & Stone” is an album of instrumental renditions of the recordings. To make things more interesting, Wooten has added new arrangements, solos, instruments and musicians to this CD. And each CD features a few songs not found on the other.
“Like the new records, I’ll make a slight departure from previous bands,” Wooten says of his current tour. “This time around, I’ll be featuring a unique mixture of multi-instrumentalists. Fans can expect high energy, world-class musicianship, and as always, things they’ve never seen or heard before.”
On this tour, young Cincinnati-based singer Krystal Peterson will be making her first appearances with the Victor Wooten band. Also joining Wooten are long-time cohorts J. D. Blair, Derico Watson, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey and Dave Welsch.
Each musician will multi-task – actually switching instruments, sometimes in mid-song – resulting in a partly choreographed and partly improvised display of both musicianship and showmanship at its best. Instruments include bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, cello, percussion, vocals and more.
“The show will consist of mostly new music from my upcoming two new CDs, but will also feature songs from my earlier releases, as well as original music from other members of the band, including selections from ‘2012?,’ J.D. Blair’s new CD.”