Star-studded Musical Line-up Joins Bay Area-based Musician on Debut Project
Lauded Session Bassist/Composer, Victor Little, Releases Solo CD, "Inner Portrait"
March 25, 2009, San Francisco, California - In a music career that has spanned over 20 years, Victor Little has established himself as the consummate session bassist who has laid down the low-end musical foundation on recordings and on stage with Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, Charlie Musselwhite, Mickey Hart, and the legendary Booker T. Jones. Now one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most lauded musical residents steps out into the limelight with the release of his first solo CD, titled "Inner Portrait."
"Inner Portrait" is a powerful musical journey that features Victor's unparalleled performance and compositional skills on ten original and exhilarating instrumental and hook-laden funky-fusion, rhythm and blues groove-jazz tracks, all of which display his impeccable timing, taste, technique, and tone, inimitably sophisticated soaring soloing skills, and captivating melodies.
Victor joined forces with a litany of legendary musical talent to create "Inner Portrait," including iconic Santana, Steely Dan, and Parliament/Funkadelic drummer Dennis Chambers, Grammy-Award winning drummer of The Mars Volta, Thomas Pridgen, and the mega-talented keyboardist Ruslan Sirota of the Stanley Clarke Band. "Inner Portrait" was produced by Victor Little, long-time Santana bassist and rhythm guitarist, Myron Dove, and multi-faceted producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist, Randy Emata, who has performed, collaborated, written and/or recorded with Lou Reed, Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, and Chaka Khan.
"I'm more excited than words can say about the final product," says Victor, who has already been receiving rave reviews from his peers, industry insiders and the media. Continuing, Victor states, "I've been blessed and honored to be able to create and record music with so many wonderful and talented musicians who have joined me in the creation of a project that is a culmination of my dreams."
The pre-release of "Inner Portrait" to the worlds leading bass guitar enthusiast publications, websites, and community has resulted in incomparable accolades. Bassist Victor Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, states, "I've been a fan of Victor's bass playing for a long time. 'Inner Portrait' shows that his writing skills are top notch. With a name like 'Victor', how can he go wrong?"
Bass Player Magazine states, "Little stays melodic and fresh, and shows off a groove concept that does justice to the disc's origination in Oakland, California - home of Tower of Power, Larry Graham, The Headhunters, and much more funky music."
Bass-Musician-Magazine.com states, "'Inner Portrait' is an incredible disc," "A solid product that grooves hard and is like sonic ear candy," "Interesting and thoughtful compositions, absolutely wonderful soloing, a STUNNING cast of players... this is one of the Bay Area's finest playing with some of the world's finest."
Victor and his band will be touring from Seattle to San Diego in the spring and summer of 2009 in support of "Inner Portrait." Record release parties in both San Francisco and in the East Bay will be announced in a future press release, and additional Victor Little news and information is available at victorlittlemusic.com or visit myspace.com/victorlittlemusic
"LIFE'S A GROOVE" is a concept founded by artist and bassist Victor Little, whose vision is to unite people together through music and to create a musical journey for the listening audience that will transport them to all parts of the world, enabling them to experience the sounds of sophisticated music performed with feeling and intellect. Victor is passionate about creating and playing music for a living, and has demonstrated his commitment by writing, producing, consulting, recording and performing original music in a career that has spanned over 20 years. "I've been blessed to collaborate with some of the most talented musicians and play on some of the most prestigious stages with world class artists and performers," says Victor, whose resume contains a long list of luminaries that includes Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, James Carter, Charlie Musselwhite, and Booker T. Jones to name a few.
Victor's just released his first solo CD titled, Inner Portrait, which is described as a "powerful musical journey that flows with sophisticated Bass melodies." It features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana), grammy-award winning drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta) as well as Ruslan Sirota (Stanley Clarke) on keyboards. "Finally I have stepped out of the shadows of being a sideman and produced my own record. I?m more excited than words can say about the final product," says Victor, who has already been receiving rave reviews from peers, industry insiders and the media.
Victor Little has established himself as a consummate professional electric bassist, displaying impeccable time, taste, technique, and tone while playing in a wide spectrum of styles. There are many different shows and showcases that Victor is working on for 2009, so keep checking in regularly to see what?s coming up next.