Last Call CD Review: Steve Smith & Vital Information: Live! One Great Night / BFM

Aug 11, 2012

From a veteran rock & jazz drummer and his long standing band, this date really cooks. A CD + DVD package allows the listener to totally enjoy the recorded experience, from 2007 with band members keyboardist Tom Coster, bassist Baron Browne and, guitarist Vinny Valentino, and drummer Steve Smith. Sustained energy and creative interplay persist throughout the recording, featuring adventuresome numbers, "Cat Walk", "Time Tunnel", "Interwoven Rhythms-Synchronus" and a straight ahead burner, "Jimmy Jive". There is a bonus track on the DVD, "Positano", where guitarist Vinny Valentino's artistry shines. Rock fans are probably familiar with Steve Smith's drumming. The total professional jazz drummer was a member of the rock supergroup Journey for several years, from 1979-1985, participating in the hugely popular recordings Escape (Columbia 1981) and Frontiers (Columbia 1983). Steve Smith founded Vital Information in 1983, and since 1985 has performed with a galaxy of "who's who" in pop & jazz music. This is a very solid recording which you will enjoy. For more information you may visit the artist's website at