Steps Ahead

Steps Ahead

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The debut domestic recording by Steps Ahead (following three sets only released in Japan) features the 1982 version of the group: vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, pianist Eliane Elias (a young unknown at the time), bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Peter Erskine. The music is essentially high-quality funky fusion, with Brecker typically blowing up a storm, Mainieri often playing the synthivibe, and Elias showing some early individuality. Best known among the seven originals are Don Grolnick's "Pools" and Mainieri's "Islands." The inventive but pretty accessible set concludes with "Trio," a fairly free improvisation featuring Brecker, Gomez, and Mainieri.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431654521
catalogNumber: 6545
Rank: 27277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steps Ahead   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Erskine   Drums
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Eliane Elias   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Mainieri   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Vibes,Synthesizer Vibes

Technical Credits

Michael Brecker   Liner Notes
Peter Erskine   Liner Notes
Eddie Gomez   Liner Notes
Eliane Elias   Liner Notes
James Farber   Engineer
Mike Mainieri   Composer,Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Introduction
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Christine Martin   Executive Producer,Management
Carol Friedman   Back Cover
Norm Ung   Art Direction
Andrew V. Stevovich   Artwork,Cover Art,Cover Painting

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