Vital Information: Live Around The World: Where We Come From Tour 1998-1999
Most of the material here is taken from the band’s studio albumWhere We Come From, but there are many surprises included along the way. Among the unexpected highlights are a mysterious reading of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.”, Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” (which kicks off with a finger-busting solo by Browne), Ornette Coleman’s “Happy House”, and a Jack McDuff classic called “Soulful Drums” (this is a studio bonus track, as is Disc 1, Track 9). The very first track exemplifies the vacuum-sealed interaction of the group as the tempo drops drastically over the course of a few bars and picks up again quickly. Disc 2, Track 1 is a drum feature that flaunts Smith’s rhythm pedigree in grand fashion. Disc 2, Track 3 is funky in the Jimmy Smith vein, Coster holding down a groove so greasy it practically slides offstage. Coster picks up his accordion for Disc 2, Track 4, a slow lament he co-wrote with Carlos Santana and which is a staple of tenorist Gato Barbieri’s repertoire. On Disc 1, Track 3 Coster even manages to alternate rapidly between the organ and accordion, with humorous but effective results. All the members’ past work experience and influences flow freely together to create an ensemble like no other. This is an unbelievably magical set that could and should win the band, and the genre of fusion itself, many new fans.
Track Listing: Disc 1
Personnel: Steve Smith, drums; Tom Coster, Hammond B-3, Korg Trinity, accordion; Frank Gambale, guitar; Baron Browne, bass.
Record Label: Intuition
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock