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The Return of Steve Smith
After nine Vital Information recordings, including Indie Award winning WHERE WE COME FROM and LIVE AROUND THE WORLD, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Frank Gambale, and Baron Browne are back to show us where the band 'lives today.'

SHOW 'EM WHERE YOU LIVE (April 9 street date) is the bandıs new studio recording, a milestone in the journey of this veteran, hard-touring band.

The groupıs founder and drummer, STEVE SMITH, has a resume that stretches from Ahmad Jamal, Zakir Hussain and Steps Ahead to Mariah Carey, Savage Garden and Journey. It is no surprise that he won Modern Drummer Magazine's #1 All Around Drummer award five years in a row and was voted one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time in a recent Modern Drummer readers poll. In the last four years, Smith has led or co-led ten different jazz or jazz/rock projects for the Tone Center label. He is one of the most constantly evolving drummers on the scene today.

The 1998 release WHERE WE COME FROM (Intuition) marked a new beginning for Vital Information. Basically, the band decided to reintroduce themselves to their musical roots. This process found them reinvestigating many different styles of music including New Orleans music, Blues, Bebop, R&B, Soul Jazz, and Free Jazz. Each member of the band wound up rediscovering forgotten influences, and bringing them to the sessions.

"With WHERE WE COME FROM we made a conscious decision to go back to our roots and inject them directly into our music," Smith recalls, "That was the idea behind Tom Coster using the Hammond B3 and the accordion and Frank Gambale playing a hollow body jazz guitar." After musically recreating themselves, recording WHERE WE COME FROM, and a good deal of touring, well documented on the double-disc LIVE AROUND THE WORLD (Intuition), he concept of reinvention has now taken on a complete life of its own.

SHOW 'EM WHERE YOU LIVE finds the band further exploring the process, while also introducing some new ingredients into the mix. Coster has added the Fender Rhodes to his keyboard setup and Gambale has been experimenting with many exotic, yet organic, new guitar sounds. Smith is playing a different instrument as well. He explains, "I grew up playing a small jazz drumset, but I haven't recorded very much on a small kit. So for this record I went back to playing a small four piece set and two cymbals."

For more information go to: http://www.vitalinformation.com

Wed Feb 27 2002 (5:07:32 PM)

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