J Ben Jazz minus drums – Play Along Tunes (FKA PlayAlongJazz)

J Ben Jazz minus drums

From the Steve Smith and Vital Information recording Vitalization, this is the track J Ben Jazz.  This track features Tom Coster on keyboards, bassist Baron Browne and Vinny Valentino on guitar.

While Vinny Valentino’s “J Ben Jazz,” (dedicated to Vinny’s bass playing buddy John Benitez) opens and closes with some inspired conga soloing from Gilad, the tune belongs to bassist Baron Browne. He not only contributes an elegant fretless bass solo, but his harmonic and rhythmic underpinnings really make this tune come alive. After two choruses of bass bliss, the band drops out for Valentino’s serene, yet metrically intricate, chordal solo, which becomes a vamp for Smith’s most powerful solo on the record, which happens to be in 13.