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Steve Smith & Vital Information – Live! One Great Night

When a band records a live performance, the listener can expect two things: improvisation wherein the musicians stretch out in ways you don’t normally get in a studio session, and reaction from the audience. The latter is a bit lacking on Live! One Great Night (BFM Jazz, 2012), by Steve Smith and Vital Information.

The combination CD and DVD release celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary. Smith, a drummer, has a vast depth of experience, having worked with Journey, Steps Ahead, Buddy Rich Big Band and many others. He’s also won several readers’ polls in Modern Drummer magazine. The rest of the group consists of Tom Coster on keyboards, Baron Browne on bass and Vinny Valentino on guitar.

The very cool “Cat Walk” starts the set. Whether the title is a reference to fashion models strutting down the runway or an actual feline getting about, the groove is appropriate for either image. Valentino carries the sassy lead for much of the song, with Browne injecting an element of funk with his bass line.

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