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Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (2010) {Strut STRUT056CD rec 2007-2009}

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (2010) {Strut STRUT056CD rec 2007-2009}
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Jazz / Ethio Jazz / Modal Music / Post Bop / Afro Beat / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Vibes

Mulatu Astatke already has a legendary status as the father of Ethio Jazz. But he hasn't been content to rest on his laurels. Instead he's forged ahead. This album proves very different from his work with the Heliocentrics (some of whom do feature here), or with the Either/Orchestra – it's an album of what is essentially a meandering, laid-back groove that looks at music from two angles – the Western and the Ethiopian. The former gets to stretch out on cuts like the opener, the reflective "Radcliffe," and "The Way to Nice." Ethiopia raises its head on "I Faram Gami I Faram," which some luscious Addis Ababa singing, a reworking of the style that made Astatke's name, and actually of one of his old compositions.
Mulatu Astatke - Sketches Of Ethiopia (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches Of Ethiopia (2013)
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Ethiopian vibraphonist and percussionist Mulatu Astatke has spent most of his 70 years mixing Ethiopian musical traditions with jazz. 'Some of the music is meant to be danced to, some to be listened to. Astatke's UK links go back to student days, and this new album brings together British and Ethiopian instrumentalists and singers. Each track 'sketches' a different part of Ethiopia and its traditions, mostly written and arranged by Astatke: composed horn riffs, overlapping in harmony; calls and responses; strong grooves, and mostly simple chords. Horn lines are based on Ethiopian 5-note scales. Astatke: 'It's 5 tones against 12-tone music…How do you combine these two things and keep the color of those modes?' Pentatonic phrases recur hypnotically throughout the album, and when the jazz solos emerge they're all the more striking in contrast. But the emphasis is on the textures of the whole group.

Steps Ahead - Steppin' Out (2016) {JazzLine}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Dec. 8, 2016
Steps Ahead - Steppin' Out (2016) {JazzLine}

Steps Ahead - Steppin' Out (2016) {JazzLine}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

The legacy of Mike Mainieri’s and the late Michael Brecker’s Steps Ahead, one of the most inventive groups in 1980s jazz-rock, was delightfully rekindled in a reunion band at Ronnie Scott’s in London this summer. Here’s a stirring orchestral angle on the group’s classic material, rearranged by Michael Abene for Cologne’s famous WDR Big Band, with the sleekly swinging vibraphonist Mainieri still in the driving seat. Don Grolnick’s laconic, Wayne Shorter-like Pools and the soul-funky Blue Montreux fire up scalding tenor-sax forays from Bill Evans (one of the best Breckeresque specialists in this idiom, and the album’s solo star), while the beautiful, country-tinged Self Portrait gets a sumptuous.

Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 24, 2016
Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition}

Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

In 1989, Steps Ahead consisted of Mike Mainieri on MIDI vibraharp, synclavier and acoustic piano, the young saxophonist Bendik doubling on keyboards, guitarist Steve Kahn, Tony Levin on electric bass and Chapman stick, and drummer Steve Smith. The powerful band did not have a great deal of subtlety by this era, but it helped to keep the much-maligned genre of fusion alive, mixing the sound of rock with jazz improvising.

Steps Ahead - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 19, 2016
Steps Ahead - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia}

Steps Ahead - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Steps Ahead (originally known as Steps) is a jazz fusion group. According to the liner notes of the group's debut album, "Steps began as a part-time venture in 1979 at Seventh Avenue South, a New York City nightclub." A second studio recording was made on 17 December 1979, called Step by Step. Smokin' in the Pit was released in 1980 and awarded a gold record. The studio album Step by Step was released shortly after, followed in the summer of 1980 by another live recording called Paradox.

Michael Brecker - Steps Ahead In Copenhagen (2008)  

Posted by robi62 at Oct. 15, 2014
Michael Brecker - Steps Ahead In Copenhagen (2008)

Michael Brecker - Steps Ahead In Copenhagen (2008)
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Genre: Jazz | Label: Ais / Standing Oh!vation | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 1 Mar 2008 | Runtime: 86 min. | 3,50 GB (DVD5)

This is a very special performance by one of the most popular jazz groups of the early 1980’s. Taped amidst the works of Rodin,Thorvaldsen and countless Roman sculptures, the band plays in the atrium of this world famous sculpture museum - the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. It was a comfortable, inspiring location for the musicians and the tracks were personally mixed by the band leader Mike Mainieri.

Steps Ahead - In Europe (2003)  

Posted by robi62 at July 17, 2014
Steps Ahead - In Europe (2003)

Steps Ahead - In Europe (2003)
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Genre: Jazz | Label: Idem | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 8 July 2003 | Runtime: 56 min. | 2,53 GB (DVD5)

One of the most popular jazz bands of the early Eighties, Steps Ahead (originally called Steps) was formed in 1979 by vibist Mike Mainieri, and at various times included tenorman Michael Brecker, keyboardists Don Grolnick and Eliane Elias, bassists Eddie Gomez and Darryl Jones and drummers Peter Erskine and Steve Smith, among many other first-rate artists. Steps Ahead's music successfully blended elements of jazz, rock, R&B and fusion, enjoying astonishing worldwide international success in the process.
Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (2013) {Jazz Village}

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (2013) {Jazz Village}
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Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion, Afrobeat

Ethiopian vibraphonist and percussionist Mulatu Astatke has spent most of his 70 years mixing Ethiopian musical traditions with jazz. 'Some of the music is meant to be danced to, some to be listened to. Astatke's UK links go back to student days, and this new album brings together British and Ethiopian instrumentalists and singers. Each track 'sketches' a different part of Ethiopia and its traditions, mostly written and arranged by Astatke: composed horn riffs, overlapping in harmony; calls and responses; strong grooves, and mostly simple chords. Horn lines are based on Ethiopian 5-note scales.

Mulatu Astatqé - Sketches of Ethiopia (2013)  

Posted by mark70 at Dec. 21, 2013
Mulatu Astatqé - Sketches of Ethiopia (2013)

Mulatu Astatqé - Sketches of Ethiopia (2013)
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Genre: Ethno Jazz, World, Afrobeat | Label: Jazz Village

Sketches of Ethiopia is, extraordinarily, the first album Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of Ethio-jazz, has recorded with his own band for an international label of influence. It has been a long time coming and it is a corker.

Steps Ahead - At Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (2008)  

Posted by robi62 at Sept. 30, 2013
Steps Ahead - At Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (2008)

Steps Ahead - At Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (2008)
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Genre: Jazz | Label: Jazzdoor | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: July 4, 2008 | Runtime: 47 min. | 2,69 GB (DVD5)

Originally called Steps when it was formed in 1979 by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, this group at various times has included tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker; keyboardists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elias, and Rachel Z; guitarist Mike Stern; bassists Eddie Gomez and Darryl Jones; and drummers Peter Erskine and Steve Smith, among others.