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Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition: Heart of the City (BFM)

Vital Information NYC Edition is the stylistic meeting place of drummer Steve Smith’s fusion band Vital Information and his straight-ahead groups Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies, and it brings together members of those ensembles. On Heart of the City, the prolific Journey drummer teams up with guitarist Vinny Valentino, pianist Mark Soskin and bassist Baron … Read More “Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition: Heart of the City (BFM)”

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Steve Smith, Tony Monaco & Vinny Valentino: Groove: Blue

First, briefly, how Groove: Blue came to be: Drummer Steve Smith and guitarist Vinny Valentino of Smith’s fusion band Vital Information wandered into a lounge after playing the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta in 2011. There, they caught the superb Ohio organist Tony Monaco. Smith and Valentino asked if they could sit in, and they … Read More “Steve Smith, Tony Monaco & Vinny Valentino: Groove: Blue”

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Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint

Steve Smith and Vital Information are renowned, successful commodities. Smith has been named one of the top 25 drummers of all time by Modern Drummer magazine, and Vital Information, the ensemble Smith began in 1983 when he was still in Journey, has for decades been an enjoyably high-octane amalgam of fusion jazz laced with funk-rock … Read More “Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint”

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