Steve Smith & Vital Information "Vitalization"

Steve Smith & Vital Information "Vitalization"

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Steve Smith & Vital Information
The Story
"Vitalization" is the jazz fusion quartet's 12th album, featuring Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Baron Browne, and introduces guitarist Vinny Valentino as the band's newest member. Smith's recent musical activities have inspired him to include special guests and an international flavor. Saxophonist Bill Evans, percussionists Pete Lockett (from London), Gilad (from Israel) and Juan Carlos Melian (from Spain), all make important contributions to "Vitalization". Based in New York City, Vinny Valentino tours extensively, playing concerts, festivals, and club engagements around the world. Currently in addition to performing with his own bands Vinny is performing with Bill Evans. His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks -- an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it "one of the top five albums of 1993."
The Music
03:24 Interwoven Rhythms-Synchronous Vocal
05:55 Get Serious Instrumental
07:04 The Trouble With Instrumental
06:36 The Bottom Line Instrumental
06:32 Seven And A Half Instrumental
03:01 Interwoven Rhythms-Dialogue Vocal
06:52 J Ben Jazz Instrumental
04:14 Groove Time Instrumental
06:03 You Know What I Mean Instrumental
09:19 The Closer Instrumental
04:51 Jimmy Jive Instrumental
03:07 Positano Instrumental
The Artists
Vinny Valentino Guitar, Engineering
Steve Smith Drums, Konnakol, Production
Tom Coster Keyboards, Accordion
Baron Browne Bass
Bill Evans Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Pete Lockett Tabla, Kanjira, Percussion, Konnakol
Gilad Congas, Percussion
Juan Carlos Meiian Congas, Percussion
Robert M. Miles Engineering
Tomas D Engineering
Jim Brick Mastering
Tim Ellis Photography
Stu Brinin Photography
Andrew Lepley Photography
Jo Hay Package Design
Mark Griffith Liner Notes
Paul Siegel Executive Production
Rob Wallis Executive Production
Recorded December 5-15, 2006 and mixed January 28-February 2, 2007 at Bob's Hardware in Silverlake, CA.

Bill Evans saxophone recorded at Winsome Farms Studios, North Salem, NY.

Gilad's percussion recorded at BWA studios, Teaneck, NJ.

Juan Carlos Melian's percussion recorded at Sing Sing Studios, Madrid, Spain.

Mastered at Absolute Audio, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, February, 2007.