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Modern Times

Steps Ahead

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Lasting Effects...

I got this on vinyl way back 84' or so. Way before the smooth jazz moniker was born. This record is so full of clever and memorable hooks. Unlike most of the smooth jazz nowadays, you actually remember what you heard when this over. I'm a dance music fan but,oddly, this stuff appeals to those sensibilities somehow. Standouts - "Safari" "Radioactive" "Oops" "Now You Know" and "Old Town". Great chill music that you will actually listen to. Grade A.

Modern Times

I was a music student in college at the time this album came out. It plays today as it did back then, cool, sophisticated, and elegant. Self Portrait is my favorite on the album. Very introspective with and beautiful vibe solo. Timeless!

Biography

Formed: 1979

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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, R&B, rock, and fusion and is...
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