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Viewpoint

Label: BFM Jazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: Bemsha Swing; Time Check; The Brush Off; Willowcrest; Viewpoint One; Take Five; Viewpoint Two; Chan's Song (Never Said); Oleo; A Final Viewpoint; The Blackhawk; The Bottom Line.

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Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint

Read "Viewpoint" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Drummer Steve Smith has a knack for separating his musical interests and satisfying his varied musical appetites through the use of different bands. But with Viewpoint, he works the inverse angle: Smith's passions and groups converge here, as his respect for the history of jazz, infatuation with sleek modernism, and love of Buddy Rich all inform ...

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Live! One Great Night

Label: BFM Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: Cat Walk; Time Tunnel; Interwoven Rhythms-Synchronous; Seven And A Half; Khanda West; The Trouble With; Interwoven Rhythms-Dialogue; The Closer; Jimmy Jive.

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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Live! One Great Night

Label: BFM Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: Cat Walk; Time Tunnel; Interwoven Rhythms-- Synchronous; Seven and a Half; Khanda West; The Trouble With; Interwoven Rhythms--Dialogue; The Closer: Jimmy Jive.

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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Live! One Great Night

Read "Live! One Great Night" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Drummer Steve Smith means different things to different people. Arena rockers will always think of Smith as the rhythmic force that drove Journey's hits, while straight ahead jazz fans appreciate him as a keeper-of-the-flame, honoring the great drummers of the past through his work with his own Jazz Legacy group. Others rightly view him as a ...

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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Live! One Great Night

Read "Steve Smith and Vital Information: Live! One Great Night" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


Steve Smith and Vital InformationLive! One Great NightBFM2012Even now, the two questions probably most asked of Steve Smith go something like, “Hey, are you the Steve Smith who played drums in Journey?" and “What's Steve Perry like?"This is clearly unfair to Smith, who spent ten years ...

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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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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Vitalization

Read "Vitalization" reviewed by John Kelman


Drummer Steve Smith's flagship group, Vital Information, approaches the 25-year mark with Vitalization. Keyboardist Tom Coster has been a member since 1987, working with Smith on other projects since the mid-1970s. With bassist Baron Browne holding down the bottom end since 1997; newcomer Vinny Valentino (replacing longstanding guitarist Frank Gambale) represents the first change to the ...

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Come On In

Label: Tone Center
Released: 2004
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


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