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The Best of Steve Smith

An electrifying collection of some of Steve’s favorite tracks taken from the 14 albums that he played on and produced for the Tone Center label.

This collection features extensive liner notes by Steve and incendiary playing from a diverse cast of characters: Scott Henderson, Victor Wooten, Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Larry Coryell, Tom Coster, Jerry Goodman, Howard Levy, Oteil Burbridge, Steve Marcus, Andy Fusco, Anthony Jackson, Kai Eckhardt, Baron Browne, Mark Soskin, Aydin Esen and David Liebman.

“When I was 12 years old and started listening to the amazing Buddy Rich I bought some recently released compilations of his earlier work, which to me was all new music. It made me aware of his extensive body of work and as a result I dug deeper into Buddy’s catalogue. I hope that my Tone Center ‘Best Of’ collection serves to introduce my playing to a new generation of music fans who have currently become interested in high-level musicianship, challenging compositions, virtuosic playing and spontaneous, interactive communication between musicians. They may have been too young to appreciate sophisticated music when this music was originally recorded but now they are ready for a new listening experience. For my long-time fans that may not have heard all of the Tone Center releases that I was involved in, this collection serves as a high-energy sampler of some of the best tracks from this very creative period.” - - Steve Smith, 2009

1. King Twang from Vital Tech Tones with Scott Henderson (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass)

2. Geo from GHS 3 with Frank Gambale (guitar), Stuart Hamm (bass)

3. Wrong is Right from Cause and Effect with Larry Coryell (guitar), Tom Coster (Hammond B2)

4. Caliente from The Stranger's Hand with Jerry Goodman (violin), Howard Levy (harmonica/keys), Oteil Burbridge (bass)

5. Nutville from Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies with Steve Marcus (tenor sax), Andy Fusco (alto sax), Lee Musiker (piano), Anthony Jackson (bass)

6. Drums Stop, No Good from VTT2 with Scott Henderson (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass)

7. The Spirit of Dun Dun drum solo piece from The Light Beyond with Frank Gambale (guitar), Stuart Hamm (bass)

8. Scotland from Count's Jam Band - Reunion with Larry Coryell (guitar), Steve Marcus (soprano sax), Kai Eckhardt (bass), Jeff Chimenti (piano)

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. Ya Gotta Try from Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies Very Live at Ronnie Scotts Set 1 with Steve Marcus (tenor sax), Andy Fusco, (alto sax), Mark Soskin (piano), Baron Browne (bass)

10. Baton Rouge from Steve Smith and Vital Information - Come On In with Baron Browne (bass), Tom Coster (keyboards/accordion), Frank Gambale (guitar)

11. Khanda West/Flashpoint from Flashpoint with Dave Liebman (soprano sax), Aydin Esen (keyboards), Anthony Jackson (bass)
 


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The Best of GHS

“The jazz-rock-fusion trio GHS - with Frank Gambale on guitar, Stu Hamm and myself, Steve Smith, on drums - was one of Tone Center Records' hardest-hitting, high-energy groups. At a time when many labels were interested in promoting ‘smooth jazz,’ GHS addressed the music fans that were being ignored: fans that wanted to hear angular melodies, gnarly tones, dense harmonies, intricate rhythms, daring improvisation and group interplay with a ‘more is more’ credo! Taken from our three releases, Show Me What You Can Do, The Light Beyond and GHS3, The Best Of GHS offers some of our finest compositions and performances along with solo statements from each band member. Handle with care.” - Steve Smith, 2009

1. Bad Intent 7. Nostalgia (bass Solo)
2. Dangerous Curves 8. The Throne of Savitar
3. Sink  9. Isle of Few (guitar solo)
4. Spirit of Dun Dun (drum solo) 10. All In Your Head
5. Katahdin 11. Geo 100
6. Yang 12. The Challenger
 


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Flashpoint

This all-star project brings together four potent and highly respected players -- Steve Smith, Dave Liebman, Aydin Esen and Anthony Jackson -- whose paths have crossed before in various configurations over the years. As a unit, they authoritatively straddle the worlds of freewheeling jazz improvisation and kinetic, rock-fueled intensity on Flashpoint, which takes no prisoners and makes no apologies for its full-out fuzoid tendencies.

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1. Flashpoint 6. Fabric of Reality
2. Like John 7. Yildiz
3. Particles 8. Maid in the Mist
4. Speak Without Words 9. Khanda West
5. The Gentle Warrior 10. Edge of Tomorrow
 


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Count's Jam Band: Reunion

A reunion of '60s Jazz/Rock pioneers Larry Coryell (guitar) and Steve Marcus (soprano sax). Steve (The Count) Marcus had an early jazz/rock project he dubbed Count’s Rock Band which featured his friend Larry Coryell. Steve Smith, who was recording and gigging with both Larry and Steve Marcus (with Buddy’s Buddies), got them back together and produced this exceptional recording, recreating and expanding on the magic that occurred when Larry and Steve played together. Rounding out the quartet is Kai Eckhardt on bass (Summit, Garaj Mahal) and on a few numbers, Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog), on keys.

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1. Scotland 6. Blues for Yoshihiro Hattori
2. Reunion 7. Tomorrow Never Knows
3. Rhapsody & Blues 8. Ballad for Guitar & Soprano
4. Pedals & Suspensions 9. Jammin' with the Count
5. Foreplay  
   


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Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect features legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, renowned drummer Steve Smith and virtuoso keyboardist Tom Coster, who pay homage to their classic fusion roots. The trio capture the essence of classic jazz with a modern spin to create a cutting-edge progressive fusion album that sets a new standard for the genre.
1. These are Odd Times 6. Night Visitors
2. Plankton 7. Miss Guided Missle
3. Wrong is Right 8. First Things First
4. Bubba 9. Night Visitors Revisited
5. Cause and Effect 10. Finale: Wes and Jimi
  11. Untitled (hidden track)
   


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The Stranger's Hand

This one-time meeting of kindred musical spirits -- drummer Steve Smith, violinist Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros.) and keyboardist/harmonica wonder Howard Levy (Flecktones) -- is an explosion of kinetic forces barely contained in the microgrooves of this CD

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1. Brick Chicken 6. Elvin
2. Sufferin' Catfish 7. Caliente
3. Four Four and More 8. Going Up!
4. Glimmer of Hope 9. Moonchild
5. Pinky's Revenge 10. The Stranger's Hand
   


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GHS3

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1. All in Your Head 5. Culture Clash
2. The Great Roberto 6. Geo 100
3. Confuse-a-Blues 7. November
4. Saving Grace 8. The Challenger
   


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The Light Beyond

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1. Katahdin 6. Yin
2. Yang 7. The Spirit of DunDun
3. First Look 8. Lumpy's Lament
4. The Throne of Savitar 9. Isle of Few
5. Nostalgia 10. Fugitive Aspirations
   


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Show Me What You Can Do
1998 Release

Guitarist Frank Gambale, drummer Steve Smith and bassist Stu Hamm fuse together an experimental album replete with state-of-the-art chops, ensemble work and cutting edge solo sections.

1. Bad Intent 6. Wrong and Strong
2. The Promise 7. Astral Traveler
3. Dangerous Curves 8. Tanya's Touch
4. Beyond the Bridge 9. Lydia's Love Van
5. Sink  
   


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Vital Tech Tones 2

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1. VTT 6. Catch Me If U Can
2. SubZero 7. Nairobe Express
3. The Litigants 8. Who Knew?
4. Puhtainin' Tuh 9. Time Tunnel
5. Drums Stop, No Good 10. Chakmool-Ti
   


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Vital Tech Tones

Leading instrumentalists Scott Henderson, Steve Smith and Victor Wooten come together for the premiere release on the independent Tone Center label, establishing the new imprint as a magnet for virtuoso jazz/rock players and a new source of outstanding quality releases.
1. Bad Intent 6. Wrong and Strong
2. The Promise 7. Astral Traveller
3. Dangerous Curves 8. Tanya's Touch
4. Beyond the Bridge 9. Lydia's Love Van
5. Sink  


   
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