Henderson, Smith, Wooten "Vital Tech Tones"

Henderson, Smith, Wooten "Vital Tech Tones"

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Henderson, Smith, Wooten
Vital Tech Tones
The Story
Guitarist Scott Henderson, drummer Steve Smith and bassist Victor Wooten have teamed up to show that great fusion lives, on "Vital Tech Tones". There's a lot of electricity generated when these three giants get together. Yes, there are chops galore, so the weak-hearted among you might want to stay on the sidelines. For those brave enough, however, there await blazing grooves, blistering guitar and virtuoso solos that must be heard to be believed. From the heavy opening groove of "Crash Course" it is evident this project was not meant for the Adult Contemporary Happy Jazz crowd. From buzz saw-like power chords to soaring lead runs, Henderson's guitar work is stunning. Smith's thundering solos are evidence enough why he is at the top of his field, and Wooten is the most acrobatic bassist you'll find in the fusion firmament. The slamming "Snake Soda" features all three in a masterful performance of complex meters and solo feats of strength. Other powerful tracks include the slinky "Everglades," the Steve Morse sound-alike "King Twang" and the coolest rendition of Coltrane's "Giant Steps" in a long time.
The Music
07:00 Crash Course Instrumental
05:35 Snake Solo Instrumental
08:55 Dr. Hee Instrumental
09:39 Everglades Instrumental
05:22 Two For One Instrumental
04:09 King Twang Instrumental
07:51 The Captors Instrumental
05:44 Giant Steps Instrumental
05:49 Lie Detector Instrumental
The Artists
Scott Henderson Guitar, Production
Steve Smith Drums, Production
Victor Wooten Bass, Throat Singing on "The Captors", Production
Mike Varney Production
James Murphy Engineering
Wally Buck Engineering
T.J. Helmerich Mixing
Scott Hull Mastering
John Waxman Legal Work
Dave Stephens Graphic Design
Pat Johnson Photography
David Bendett Management
Recorded at Neverland Studio, Marin County, CA, January 18-27, 1998.

Mixed at HAM Studios, Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA.

Additional mixing assistance by T.J.'s students.

Mastered at Masterdisc, NYC.