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.
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.

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)  Music

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)  Music

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.

Steps Ahead - At Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (2008)  Music

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.

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.