The Charlie Wooton Project review…August 16, 2019…..

THE CHARLIE WOOTON PROJECT

BLUE BASSO

WILD HEART RECORDS  WH 1003

JACEAUX–REFLECTIONS–I DON’T KNOW–COME ON COME OVER–DIMENOTE–ONE NIGHT–FULTON ALLEY–TELL ME A STORY–FRONT PORCH–MISS YOU

Fans of the Royal Southern Brotherhood and New Orleans Suspects already know the fact that Charlie Wooton is a world-class bassist.  His latest set, for Wild Heart Records, is entitled “Blue Basso,” named for his favorite blue-hued bass guitar.  Charlie is a musical visionary, and he has surrounded himself with like-minded players who create a cohesive sound with the bass at the forefront.

The set opens with just such eclecticism.  The whole set is done as a tribute to one of Charlie’s musical heroes, world-renowned bassist Jaco Pastorius.  “Jaceaux” opens the program, as Charlie and Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish engage in a brilliant “bass-off” instrumental, where us fans are the true winners.  Slide master Sonny Landreth is featured on two cuts.  First up, the rapid-fire “Tell Me A Story” is a mythical account of a famous bluesman, featuring New Orleans chanteuse Arsene’ Delay on vocals, while the Delta-fied slide instrumental could have been played on anyone’s “Front Porch” from Como to Itta Bena, to Clarksdale!  “I Don’t Know” is a bit of a jazzy ride, again with Arsene’ on vocal and Damon Fowler on guitar, while Anders Osborne adds guitar over Arsene’s vocals on “One Night,” a story of two friends about to take their relationship to the next level.

The set closes with our favorite.  P-Funk guitarist Eric McFadden and Charlie square off toe-to-toe and bass-to-guitar with the Stones classic “Miss You,” with that unmistakable bass riff throughout, making this one a shot of pure fun.

The Charlie Wooton Project pay a beautiful tribute to Jaco Pastorius with “Blue Basso,”  Focusing on his bass skills while allowing his guest players to stretch out, this is a set that motorvates from start to finish!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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