Vital Tech TonesScott Henderson, Steve Smith, and Victor Wooten Item: 17-WEA454000
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Scott Henderson, Steve Smith and Victor Wooten have teamed up to prove there is such a thing as good fusion with 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. The Smith/Wooten duet "Two For One" is definitely not for the rhythmically timid. 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.