The Vital Tech Tones
were an American fusion supergroup
formed in the mid-1990s. It was composed of Vital Information
drummer Steve Smith
, Tribal Tech
guitarist Scott Henderson
, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
bassist Victor Wooten
. The group released two albums before breaking up due to time constraints (the band was a side project for all three members). There is still some talk of a future reunion, but no official announcement has been made.
The band never played live, although Henderson and Smith did perform a concert together.
The band's music is almost entirely instrumental, focused on virtuosic, free flowing soloing on top of a complex, solid groove. It is considered to be more on the rock end of the fusion spectrum.
Note: While the band is named Vital Tech Tones, their albums are attributed under the musicians' names (Smith, Henderson, Wooten) and not under Vital Tech Tones.