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 Steve Smith and Vital Information - Vitalization CD   

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Hudson Music

The drum master shows how it's done!

Hudson Music is proud to announce the release of the latest audio CD from Steve Smith & Vital Information, Vitalization. Vitalization's 12 original compositions (composed by the members of Vital Information) define an emerging, borderless, "World Fusion" musical style that ranges from up-tempo blues, straight-ahead jazz and ballads to South Indian-influenced and odd-time grooves, funk and contemporary jazz-rock. The CD also features guest percussionists Pete Lockett (England), Gilad (Israel) and Juan Carlos Meli¡n (Spain), who add a variety of authentic, ethnic percussion sounds and flavors to the tracks.

Following his extensive tour and studio work with leading jazz, pop and rock musicians-- not to mention his election to the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame and multiple best all-around drummer awards-- this recording represents a culmination of Smith's influences and his growth as a musician while also demonstrating that the drummers' drummer's craft remains a work in progress and his appetite for taking on new challenges remains insatiable.

Vital Information's Tom Coster (keyboards - Bill Evans, Billy Cobham and Santana), Baron Browne (bass - Gary Burton, Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty) and newcomer Vinny Valentino (guitar - Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, George Benson) join Steve Smith (drummer - Journey, Jazz Legacy, Steps Ahead, Burning For Buddy) for a bold excursion into World Music territory without leaving their American Jazz roots behind.

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