Concert preview: Legendary bassist Victor Wooten brings low-register acrobatics to the Newport

By Columbus Alive
From the April 18, 2013 edition
  • Steve Parke photo

Among Sam Ash-dwelling virtuoso aficionados, Victor Wooten is widely considered the best bassist alive. Bass Player magazine awarded him a threepeat in the “Bass Player of the Year” category. So if you’re up for some low-register acrobatics, get thee to the Newport this Wednesday.

Keep in mind, though, that it’s not just going to be one endless bass solo. The guy writes songs too, as exemplified by the lite soul-jazz fusion of last year’s Words and Tones, on which an array of female jazz, pop and soul singers graced Wooten’s smooth compositions (and a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”).