"Vital Information has evolved from a relentlessly rocking fusion outfit into a supple, funk-driven ensemble, far more attuned to the dynamics of acoustic jazz on their new recording, Come On In, expands upon its rootsy approach, building on the fierce funk and captivating New Orleans beats." -- Andrew Gilbert, Down Beat
The lineup of Vital Information NYC Edition brings together members of all of Smith’s bands: guitarist Vinny Valentino (from Vital Information), pianist Mark Soskin (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies), bassist Baron Browne (from Jazz Legacy, Buddy’s Buddies and Vital Information), with Smith on drums. Steve Smith had this to say about Vital Information NYC Edition’s philosophy: “Our music allows for individual expression and re-invention. We thrive on swing, groove and creativity. We want to surprise each other every night on the bandstand with new ideas and in the process keep our audience ‘in the moment’ with us.”
Over the years, Smith has won a number of Modern Drummer reader’s polls including "#1 All-Around Drummer" five years in a row. In 2001, he was named "one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time," and in 2002 he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. In 2012 and 2015, the readers of Modern Drummer voted Smith "#1 Fusion drummer" and in 2017, he topped an unprecedented three categories: "#1 MVP," "#1 Rock drummer" and "#1 Educational Product" for his Hudson Music Book/DVD Pathways of Motion. Also in 2017: Steve was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the rock group Journey.