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Steps AheadAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Intuition
  • ASIN: B000A1QVNE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 17, 2004
By jeff
Format:Audio CD
There appears to be an overwhelming "old camp" fan base of Steps, regarding other reviewer's opinions. While having enjoyed several of the older recordings and different lineups of players, this recording (NYC)was my first introduction to the group, and understandably my favorite. I cannot understate the deep, soulful emotion being poured out on several of these tracks. I must address the reference to Michael Brecker's absense as noted by another reviewer. Yes, he is to be revered, and I respect him. However, In spirit of a true step forward, this album's sax player, Bendik, is unbelievable. I cannot sit back and watch him be discredited for not being the previous player. Get real! I cannot recall a player who can conjure such emotion while coaxing the strange, twisted sounds he produces. Some of you may understand that a piece of music can touch you so deeply as to bring tears to your eyes. This album truely touches my soul. Not to mention, I am a bassist / Chapman Stick player, inspired by the legendary Tony Levin, who is not normally seen in this genre. His playing naturally is a departure from the standard/bop sound in some ways, but he also does perform some selections on upright, and does them a great justice. If you appreciate not just what was done on previous recordings, but welcome an embracing of new techniques / technology, this album is a perfect, natural transition to the future. Mike Manieri did a fine job of tipping his hat to his original sound and fan base, while enthusiastically embracing new directions. In the true spirit of Steps Ahead, you must open your mind and give this a try. If you simply enjoy the fulfilment of honest, inventive, fresh, inspired music, you need this recording. I own over 500 CD's. If someone said I get to keep just one, this may very well be it. Honestly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LOT bigger than just Brecker! December 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This band's all star line up is MUCH bigger than Michael Brecker.... someone must be a Brecker fanatic! These people are HUGE !!!! My favorite is Mike Mainieri, the Vibes genius.

Steps Ahead was NOT defined by Michael Brecker, and never will be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super melodic and rhythmic music. January 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD
As in most cases Mike Mainieri's group Steps Ahead delivers top notch musicianship, presenting the innovative and almost timeless instrumentals, containing lots of rhythmic layers.
Thomas Lynghus, musician, Denmark
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent steps/ahead album July 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have just about all the albums by steps/ahead and I think I would probably give them all five stars although some I haven't listened to a great deal yet. One song I particularly liked was lust for life. If you check the NYC web site you find a review of this album that indicates that the saxophonist composed four songs on this album including that one I particularly liked. Besides that, I like his playing. The guy has earned my respect. That review I mentioned indicated that mainieri felt the compositions were an even greater virtue than the instrumental prowess of the steps/ahead group. I would say at the very least, listeners should give due credit for composing excellence. I consider mainieri a first tier jazz composer, and bendik has shown he can compose at that level as well.
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