Now in their 35th year of touring and recording since their initial 1983 release, Steve Smith and Vital Information has become a formidable jazz/fusion juggernaut whose longevity has surpassed most major fusion groups. The latest lineup is called Vital Information NYC Edition.
Lineup: Steve Smith (Journey/Steps Ahead) - drums Mark Soskin (Sonny Rollins/Herbie Mann) – keyboards Vinny Valentino (Jimmy McGriff/Bill Evans) - guitar Baron Browne (Jean-Luc Ponty/Billy Cobham) – bass
"Vital Information is one of improvised music's best-kept secrets, the tunes are adventurous and they always groove. The musicians shoot for, and achieve, real emotion rather than soulless fireworks." - Felix Contreras, JazzTimes
Drums & Konnakol Vocals
Inception (composed by McCoy Tyner arranged for VI NYC Edition by Walt Weiskopf)
Rhythm-A-Ning(composed by Thelonious Monk arranged for VI NYC Edition by Mark Soskin)
Willowcrest(composed by Bob Florence arranged for VI NYC Edition by Walt Weiskopf)
Open Dialogue(composed by Steve Smith, Vinny Valentino, Baron Browne & Mark Soskin, features South Indian konnakol vocals arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
Bugalulu(composed by Vinny Valentino arranged by VI NYC Edition)
Heart Of The City (composed by Vinny Valentino & Steve Smith arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
I Love You(composed by Cole Porter arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
I’m An Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)(composed by Johnny Mercer arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
Cherokee (Indian Love Song) (composed by Ray Noble arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
P.C.(composed by John Coltrane arranged for VI NYC Edition by Steve Smith)
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