Meet Victor Wooten, Concerto Composer (feature)

The bass guitar and the symphony orchestra may strike some as strange bedfellows.

But it’s not like they’ve never met before. Every now and again, they connect over a concerto on stages typically home to classical musicians. John Patitucci recorded such a piece written for him by Jeff Beal, while Finland’s Lauri Porra, great-grandson of composer Jean Sibelius, composed and played a bass-guitar concerto, and Ramon Vazquez performed one by Alfonso Fuentes, to name just a few examples of a field that’s still small, if growing.

Now Victor Wooten has entered the fray with La Leccion Tres (“Lesson Three”). The Nashville-based bass virtuoso, best known for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, played his ambitious suite in front of a live audience for the first time with the full Boston Symphony Orchestra last October; the four performances followed an earlier livestream concert premiere with the smaller Chicago Sinfonietta.

Read my full review for JazzTimes magazine here.

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