Here is the link to the video (at 47s), from the SMV (Staley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten) concert at the Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Festival (in 2009).

  • 2
    Write him yourself and ask him. His email address is at his website, here: victorwooten.com/crew.html – user546 Dec 6 '15 at 3:05
  • 1
    @Wheat Williams, you're joking, right? – user1472 Dec 6 '15 at 11:50
  • 1
    No, I am not joking. I know Victor Wooten personally. He's a nice guy and always interested in helping out musicians. He is very busy, but if he is available, he will reply to your email. – user546 Dec 6 '15 at 13:56
  • 1
    sounds a bit like a simple piece from the baroque or classical era that a person might have played in the early stages of learning piano. Any music teachers on here ? – Angst Jun 15 '16 at 19:55

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, by Bach. The main phrasing sounds a little backwards to me, like it's descending chords instead of ascending, but the finish gives it away. Here it is on Youtube, you may compare yourself.

| improve this answer | |
  • I disagree. I suppose this Victor Wooten bit could be based on "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (JJOMD), with certain parts being flipped and so forth, or inspired by it, or something like that. But I don't hear noticeably hear JJMOD when I watch that Wooten video. – mlibby Dec 17 '15 at 17:54
  • Whereas I just listened to both again and I think it could hardly be clearer. Maybe it's because I've played Jesu in the orchestra on second violin, so I've heard it more more, or heard it without the rest of the orchestra? – ziggurism Dec 17 '15 at 18:02
  • 2
    Maybe I'll email Wooten, as Wheat Williams suggested above, to see if I'm just crazy on this one. – ziggurism Dec 17 '15 at 18:15
  • 1
    Ok, email sent. I will post back if there is any reply. – ziggurism Dec 17 '15 at 18:24
  • 1
    I disagree, too. True, both pieces are 3 in a bar. But Wooten's theme has one chord-change per bar, straight 4-bar phrases, and a simple I - V alternation which lasts through the first 12 bars. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is in a much slower 3, with chord-changes on every beat of a bar, or on beats 1 and 3. I-V alternation is not so pervasive. If you speed Jesu up so each bar is like one of Wooten's bars, that means chords change too often. If you slow Jesu down so each beat is like one of Wooten's bars, that means 3-bar phrases, not 4. – Rosie F Oct 31 '16 at 9:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.