Victor Woooten @ Diamond Pub

Thursday, Sept. 27

Diamond Pub
630 Barret Ave.
$17; 8 p.m.

Bassist/composer/Flecktone Victor Wooten brings his own dynamic ensemble to town, with six additional musicians who double (and triple) on vocals, basses, keyboards and more. Wooten is supporting the releases of Words and Tones and Sword and Stone, separate but related albums. Words combines his virtuosic playing with vocals by several artists, overall evoking classic Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. Many of the songs reappear on Sword as instrumentals, giving Wooten even more room to display his stunning yet tasteful chops. Wooten and bandmate/bassist Steve Bailey wowed the sometimes-reserved audience at the Jazz Education Network conference here in January with a two-bass tour de force, and Wooten always delivers a performance that mixes consummate playing with audience appeal. This is a must-see show, especially if you’ve never seen Wooten outside the Flecktones. —Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.

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