Tom Coster, Hammond B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes, accordion
Frank Gambale, guitar
Baron Browne, acoustic & electric basses
Steve Smith, drums
Acknowledging his appearance on a string of five mega-selling albums with arena rock kings Journey, Columbia Records deigned to throw drummer Steve Smith a bone back in 1983. What Smith did with that golden opportunity was to record Vital Information, a hard-hitting instrumental project that harkened back to his incendiary late ‘70s work with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and with guitarist Ronnie Montrose. He followed up that solo release with a tour, a second record, Orion, and... voila!... a band was born.
"The history of that first record is that I had known the bass player, Tim Landers, and the sax player, David Wilczewski, since high school," recalls Smith. "We played together in ‘71 and ‘72 in the Bridgewater State College big band in Massachusetts. The three of us were actually high school students from different schools that they brought in because they didn’t have enough players in the college big band. We met then and continued to play through the years. Even during the time when I was playing with Jean-Luc Ponty, Ronnie Montrose or Journey, and Tim was playing with Al Di Meola and Dave was with Al Kooper, we still got together once a year and played gigs in Boston. Eventually, by ‘83, I was able to get a record deal on Columbia. That’s when I came up with the Vital Inf .....
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