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Vital Tech Tones: VTT 2

Read "VTT 2" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

A second red-hot offering from one of fusion’s titanic supergroups. The Tone Center record label was inaugurated in 1998 with the first meeting of this trio: Steve Smith, drummer with Vital Information and formerly Journey; Scott Henderson, Tribal Tech guitarist; and Vic Wooten, bassist with Bela Fleck and the Fleck tones. The gleesome threesome returned in 2000 with this phenomenal collection of blazing fusion jams that more than tops the intensity of their debut.

From the first notes, it’s apparent ...

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Vital Tech Tones: VTT2

Read "VTT2" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Ever find yourself wandering the record store or surfing the cyber coffers for jazz fusion with edge, with virtuosity, and vitality? Yeah, there’s enuff dross out there playing at being fusion but is infected with smooth jazz fuzak virus. You know the stuff, a waste of $18 or $19 bucks, better as a coaster than for listening to for any length of time.Well look no further, fusion fans, VTT2 delivers all the funky, bluesy, rocking out, high-energy, jazz ...

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Scott Henderson, Steve Smith, Victor Wooten: Vital Tech Tones

Read "Vital Tech Tones" reviewed by Christopher Hoard

Perhaps a more spontaneous super-trio gathering of the post-70s fusion generation, Vital Tech Tones finds guitarist Scott Henderson chasing the voodoo down with mercurial bassist Victor Wooten (known for his scintillating slap-style as a member of Bela Fleck's Flecktones), and veteran jazz / stadium rocker, Steve Smith. The trio has assembled a wide ranging, often blues-based arrangement of group compositions / jams, and it proves an engaging showcase for Henderson's extreme talent, both in terms of solos and rhythm work. ...


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