While you wouldn’t expect Nitro to have one of the best rhythm sections in music right now, it’s hard to deny that’s the case, as the reformed ’80s band featuring the vocal acrobatics of Jim Gillette and the guitar virtuousity of Michael Angelo Batio, have welcomed superstar bassist Victor Wooten to the band. He joins Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler in the band. Wooten has played jazz and with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones for years now, has five Grammys and a number of solo albums. Says Wooten:
“I’m so happy to be included as part of the new Nitro project. I’ve been a fan of Michael Angelo Batio for decades, [and] Jim Gillette and Chris Adler are just as amazing. They’re causing me to have to step up my game. Fans will be thrilled to hear what we are coming up with, I’m really excited about it!”
Chris Adler shares Wooten’s enthusiasm:
“I have been in awe of Victor for many, many years. His musical gifts, which are second to none, are matched by his ability to inspire. I am giddy, humbled and amazed to have the chance to share music with, and learn from, him. Hearing him play music — or even speak about playing music for that matter — is truly a gift. Playing this material with him is mind blowing, listening to what he brings to this is game-changing.”
There’s no release date for the album, a follow-up to the band’s 1991 sophomore album, Nitro II.