Discography

Steps Ahead – Steps Ahead

Release Date

1996

Record Label

WEA

Release Biography

The debut domestic recording by Steps Ahead 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.”