Steve Smith and Vital Information: Come On In (2004)
Gambale's "A Little Something" gives the listener plenty of space. Mellow and succinct, the piece ties pleasant moods together with wallpaper surroundings. His "From Naples to Heaven" introduces the accordion. Slow and melodic, the piece earns a rustic atmosphere in a laid-back setting. With brushes, Steve Smith wraps its aura gently around the fencepost. The band makes this one fit those lazy, hazy days of summer.
"Baton Rouge" employs accordion as well. With this display, however, Vital Information gives us a taste of Cajun hospitality. "Around the World" also delivers a Deep South souvenir, with its New Orleans shuffle beat and head-bobbing funk groove. The band's "Fine Line" carries an exotic message: fusion has drawn elements from cultures around the world. Smith's udu drum and Coster's accordion ensure that we're able to recognize the various scents.
Ending their performance with a fast-charging "High Wire," the band reminds us of its roots and of how much of an impression jazz fusion made when it first came out in the 1970s.
Track Listing: Time Tunnel; Come On In; Beneath the Surface; Cat Walk; Around the World; Soho; A Little Something; From Naples to Heaven; Baton Rouge; Fine Line; High Wire.
Personnel: Steve Smith- drums, udu drum; Frank Gambale- electric guitar; Tom Coster- keyboards, accordion; Baron Browne- electric bass.
Record Label: Tone Center
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock