Total time: 60:15
Release date: 06/1998
Calling this group a power trio would not be fair, as it would be too much of an understatement. Guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Victor Wooten, and drummer Steve Smith are three of the most inventive jazz-rock players who have pushed the style into uncharted waters during the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s. The clever name Vital Tech Tones infers each members primary bands: Smith‘s Vital Information, Henderson‘s Tribal Tech, and Wooten‘s Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The combined talent level of the band is astounding and the music created here is a reflection of not only their technical abilities, but also their compositional talents. The program maintains a jazz-rock fusion feel, but there is enough variety in the compositions that raise this above just another blowing session. That being stated, the cover of “Giant Steps” has to be heard to be believed, as does the Jimi Hendrix-influenced “Lie Detector.” A very rewarding session that proves that jazz-rock fusion can still be played with conviction, honesty, and integrity.