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     Steve Smith

Born: Aug 21, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA.
Genres: Jazz.
Styles: Post-Bop, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Crossover Jazz
Instruments: Drums

In addition to serving as the drummer of one of the all-time definitive arena rock acts, Journey (during their most successful period from the late '70s through the early '80s), Steve Smith has also played with a wide range of other artists. Born on August 21, 1954 in Brockton, MA, Smith began drumming at the age of nine, when he took lessons from respected big-band drummer and instructor Bill Flanagan. Subsequently, Smith played a variety of musical styles (swing, R&B, hard rock, fusion, big band, etc.), and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In October of 1976, Smith signed on with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, touring as a member of his band, and appearing on the album Enigmatic Ocean (1977). After briefly serving as the drummer for Ronnie Montrose's band in 1978, Smith was invited to join Journey, who were in the midst of a musical switch - from fusion to arena rock. The group couldn't have picked a better-suited (and versatile) drummer than Smith, as he manned the kit on such mega-hit albums as Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Escape (1981), and Frontiers (1983), during which time Journey became one of the U.S.' most successful rock bands.

But at the peak of Journey's success, Smith was fired by singer Steve Perry (who supposedly wanted to go in a more "soulful" direction). Undeterred, Smith shifted his attention to the more musically challenging and varied outfit Vital Information, which he had founded in 1983 while still a member of Journey. Vital Information issued albums on a regular basis throughout the '80s (including such standout titles as Global Beat and Live Around the World: Where We Come from Tour 1998-1999, among others). He also joined the all-star jazz/rock outfit Steps Ahead in 1986 and stayed with them until 1993. Smith joined a reunited Journey (who had been on hiatus since 1987) during the late '90s, resulting in a brand new studio album, Trial by Fire (1996), and a proposed world tour. But on the eve of the tour, Perry discovered that he had a degenerative hip condition, and the tour was ultimately scrapped entirely. In addition to his recording with Journey and Vital Information, Smith has either recorded or toured with Steps Ahead, Randy Brecker, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Stanley Clarke, Mariah Carey, Ahmad Jamal, Stuart Hamm, Tony MacAlpine, Dweezil Zappa, Y&T, and many others. Smith also enjoys helping other drummers, as he has given clinics all over the world throughout the years (even issuing an instructional video in 1987), and was voted "Number One All-Around Dummer" in Modern Drummer Magazine's reader's poll from 1987 though 1991. In 2001, Modern Drummer again voted for Smith, but this time he was among one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time; the next year the magazine voted Smith into their Hall of Fame.

- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Steve_Smith.html About, photo
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=4453 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.vitalinformation.com/steve/ Personal website. Biography, discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Smith_%28musician%29 About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Smith_%28musician%29 About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Larry Coryell - 'Cause And Effect' - 1998, Tone Center
 Frank Gambale - 'Show Me What You Can Do' - 1998, Tone Center
 Jerry Goodman - 'The Stranger's Hand' - 1999, AGAT
  как соисполнитель ...
 John Adams - 'Adams: John's Book Of Alleged Dances. Gnarly Buttons' - 1998, Nonesuch
 Jeff Berlin - 'Crossroad' - 1998, Denon
 Andrea Bocelli - 'Andrea' - 2004, Sugar Music
 Jonathan Cain - 'Body Language' - 1997, Higher Octave
 Bill Douglas - 'Sky' - 2005, Tala
 Henry Kaiser - 'Yo Miles! Sky Garden' - 2004, Cuneiform
 Henry Kaiser - 'Yo Miles! Upriver' - 2005, Cuneiform
 Tony Macalpine - 'Chromaticity' - 2001, Shrapnel
 Michael Manring - 'Thonk' - 1994, High Street
 Jean-Luc Ponty - 'Enigmatic Ocean' - 1977, Atlantic
 Steps Ahead - 'Live In Tokyo 1986' - 1986, NYC

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