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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Vitalive!

Read "Vitalive!" reviewed by John Kelman

Recorded on tour in 1988 and originally released in 1991, Vitalive! is, in the words of drummer Steve Smith, “the most 'jazz' version of Vital Information to date." It would be easy to argue with Smith, even though he's the group's leader, that VI has always been a jazz band, as evidenced by Come On In ...

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GHS: The Best of GHS

Read "The Best of GHS" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

GHS is almost like listening to The Police without a human voice. The letters are the initials guitarist Frank Gambale, bassist Stu Hamm, and drummer Steve Smith.

GHS is the anti-smooth ensemble from Tone Center Records. Their intent was to represent music fans who wanted more improvisation and more interaction among the players. Gambale ...

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Vital Information: Show 'Em Where You Live

Read "Show 'Em Where You Live" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Founded by all-world drummer, Steve Smith back in the 80’s, “Vital Information” celebrates its tenth recording with a slightly organic vibe as these superb musicians delve into a variety of formats. The keyword here is groove, as these stylists (and frequent poll winners) align their wares for a group sound that has become easily identifiable! A ...

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Vital Information: Show 'Em Where You Live

Read "Show 'Em Where You Live" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Founded by all-world drummer Steve Smith back in the 80’s, Vital Information celebrates its tenth recording with a slightly organic vibe as these superb musicians delve into a variety of formats. The keyword here is groove, as these stylists (and frequent poll winners) align their wares for a group sound that has become easily identifiable! On ...

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Vital Information: Live Around the World: The 'Where We Come From' Tour 1998-1999

Read "Live Around the World: The 'Where We Come From' Tour 1998-1999" reviewed by Scott Andrews

Drummer Steve Smith (Journey, Stanley Clarke) founded Vital Information in the early 80s. With Frank Gambale on guitar (Jean-Luc Ponty, Chick Corea), Tom Coster on organ (Billy Cobham, Santana), and Jeff Andrews on bass, Vital Information returned to the style of their 60s and 70s fusion and instrumental rock influences like Miles Davis, and The Meters, ...

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Vital Information: Live Around The World: Where We Come From Tour 1998-1999

Read "Live Around The World: Where We Come From Tour 1998-1999" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

It’s always refreshing to hear good fusion and contemporary jazz groups in live performance, away from the sometimes chafing studio glister of their recordings. This collection is an especially valuable treasure, documenting a spellbinding tour by one of fusion’s hottest supergroups. The members of Vital Information consistently astound listeners with their seasoned intuitiveness and mind-boggling virtuosity. ...

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Vital Information: Where We Come From

Read "Where We Come From" reviewed by Ed Kopp

There have been some excellent groove-heavy jazz releases this year, most notably from Joey Baron, John Scofield, MMW and Galactic, but Vital Information's Where We Come From may be the best of the bunch. This one offers 77 minutes of intense rhythmic fusion that's loosely influenced by the Meters and Booker T and the MGs.