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Steps Ahead

Steps Ahead

3 May 2004
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Release Date: 24 Feb. 2009
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
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  • Total Length: 46:38
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  • ASIN: B001TY098Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,990 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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The late Michael Brecker at his best with a great group. Superb adroit, crisp, dazzling sax. An oldie but definitely a goldie.
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very good cd, though not for those who like 'pop' music. Does lack a little bass which is a shame but otherwise very good.
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All perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily in the top 10 of the last millenium 12 Jun. 2001
By S. Guernsey - Published on Amazon.com
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The first US release by this super group. Mike Mainieri - vibes, Michael Brecker - tenor sax, Eddie Gomez - bass, Peter Erskine - drums, Elaine Elias - piano. This is great acoustic jazz that has all the raw energy and power of the best electric jazz. Great compositions are topped by the late (and VERY MUCH missed) keyboard giant Don Grolnick's "Pools". Although I recommend all the Steps albums, I think this particular production is extraordinary in that it doesn't rely on heavy multi-tracking or layers of electronica (which the latter productions use brilliantly by the way). It's a very well recorded session of a hot jazz band playing and improvising on wonderful arrangements of great tunes.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 29 Aug. 2006
By Casper Paludan - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Brecker, Elaine Elias, Peter Erskine, Eddie Gomez, and Mike Manieri all star on this first "Steps Ahead" album. They were forced to change their name from Steps to avoid a lawsuit from a similarly named company. Anyway, the music is absolutely fantastic, all players really stretch and obviously enjoy themselves. Along with Smokin' in the Pit, this would be my top pick for this group, counting only the Brecker including releases. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 28 Mar. 2013
By M Pats Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a drummer an like listening to early Peter Erskine stuff. This is from the 1980s, and sort modern, or new age jazz for it's time.
There's plenty of good drumming on this.
Also, Michael Brecker tends to get a little out there in his later music, so the early stuff is just fine for me.
Mike Marineri is a great vibes player and it really sets the mood for most of this music.
I never heard of Eliane Elias until recently but she's a perfect pianist for this.
Eddie Gomez is on bass.
The music doesn't really bash you over the head, it is kind of ethereal and easy to miss the fact that the chops underneath that propel it along are so good.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Step Ahead of the Rest 29 Mar. 2000
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard Steps for the first time in 1983 on their first American tour right as this album was released. They were pure dynamite on stage and this album captures the great material that they played then. It is a shame that this release is still not available domestically, as it is the finest of their American albums. Brecker has never sounded better and the groove that Erskine laid down on "Pools" remains a model for classic jazz drumming! 10 Stars for this one!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply great. 11 Oct. 2004
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
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What a difference a drummer makes. I love Steps with Steve Gadd, but the change to Peter Erskine on this record is like going from a luxury car to a sportster. The crisp style of Erskine fits in really nice with the music.

I don't want to repeat what everyone else has already said, so I'll just agree that all the players are in top form on this one.

I certainly encourage listeners to hear the Steve Gadd incarnation of this group as well, or even better check out Three Quartets by Chick Corea.
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