Steps Ahead

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 - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition} [Vinyl Rip 24bit/96kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by tiburon at June 7, 2011
Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition} [Vinyl Rip 24bit/96kHz]

Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition} [Vinyl Rip 24bit/96kHz]
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Genre: 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 - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition CDP 791354 2}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 29, 2011
Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition CDP 791354 2}

Steps Ahead - N.Y.C. (1989) {Intuition CDP 791354 2}
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Genre: 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 - Modern Times (1984) {Elektra Records}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 16, 2011
Steps Ahead - Modern Times (1984) {Elektra Records}

Steps Ahead - Modern Times (1984) {Elektra Records}
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Genre: Fusion

By 1984, Steps Ahead's personnel had stabilized with original keyboardist Warren Bernhardt rejoining the group and teaming up with tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Peter Erskine, and vibraphonist Mike Mainieri; guitarist Chuck Loeb guests on one selection, as does Tony Levin, who is heard on the Chapman stick. This outing is very electronic and does not quite reach the heights of Steps Ahead's earlier Elektra album, but it certainly has plenty of spirit and power.

Steps Ahead - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2867}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 16, 2011
Steps Ahead - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2867}

Steps - Step By Step (1981) {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2867}
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Genre: Fusion

This album is the studio session and consists of the first Steps lineup with Mainieri, tenor star Michael Brecker, the pianist and composer Don Grolnick, and the unbeatable rhythm team of Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd. Although this session doesn't contain as much unbridled energy as the same group's concert performance SMOKIN' IN THE PIT, recorded on the same Japan trip, it is a flawless set that show's why they are legends.

Steps Ahead - Paradox (1981) {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2868}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 15, 2011
Steps Ahead - Paradox (1981) {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2868}

Steps - Paradox (1981) [Live At 7th Avenue South] {Nippon Columbia 28CY-2868}
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Genre: Fusion

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. Its music combines advanced jazz, RB, rock, and fusion and is frequently exciting. Steps Ahead was most active during 1979-1986, although it still existed on a part-time basis in the mid-'90s.

Steps Ahead - Yin-Yang (1992) {NYC 6001 2}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 15, 2011
Steps Ahead - Yin-Yang (1992) {NYC 6001 2}

Steps Ahead - Yin-Yang (1992) {NYC 6001 2}
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Genre: Fusion

This CD from Steps Ahead is probably most notable for introducing the fine keyboardist Rachel Z. Also in the group at the time were leader Mike Mainieri on MIDI vibraharp and synclavier, saxophonist Bendik, bassist Jeff Andrews and drummer Steve Smith. Put out by Mainieri's NYC label, this mostly high-powered performance consists of group originals, generally by Mainieri and Bendik.

Steps Ahead - Magnetic (1986) {Elektra 960441-2}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 4, 2011
Steps Ahead - Magnetic (1986) {Elektra 960441-2}

Steps Ahead - Magnetic (1986) {Elektra 960441-2}
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Genre: Fusion

The last Steps Ahead recording to feature Michael Brecker, this album finds the band exploring the use of electronic instruments and synthesis.It is a complete departure from the original Steps albums, which were purely acoustic.

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.
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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© 2010 Strut | STRUT056CD
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.