Steps Ahead Discography

1983

Steps Ahead

Michael Brecker, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes, Synthivibe, marimba; Eliane Elias, piano; Eddie Gomez, bass; Peter Erskine, drums.

The Power Station, NYC, 1983

PoolsElektra Musician E1-60168
Islands-
Loxodrome-
Both Sides Of The Coin-
Skyward Bound-
Northern Cross-
Trio (An Improvisation)-

* Elektra Musician E1-60168, 7559-60168-2   Steps Ahead

1984

Steps Ahead

Michael Brecker, tenor, soprano sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes, marimba, Synthi-Vibe; Warren Bernhardt, keyboards; Eddie Gomez, bass; Peter Erskine, drums, percussion, DMX; with guest musicans: Craig Peyton, synthesizer, DMX drums, Pro 1 bass #5, Oberheim System Sequence programs #7; Chuck Loeb, guitar #6; Tony Levin, Chapman Stick #7; Mike Brecker, additional synthesizer #1; Michael Mainieri, additional synthesizer #2,3,7.

Skyline Studios, NYC, January-February, 1984

1.SafariElektra Musician 60351-1-E
2.Oops-
3.Self Portrait-
4.Modern Times-
5.Radio-Active-
6.Now You Know-
7.Old Town-

* Elektra Musician 60351-1-E, 7559-60351-2   Steps Ahead - Modern Times

1986

Steps Ahead

Michael Brecker, tenor sax, Steinerphone EWI; Mike Mainieri, vibes, MIDI vibes; Mike Stern, guitar; Darryl Jones, bass; Steve Smith, drums.

"Gotanda U-Port Kan'i Hoken Hall", Tokyo, Japan, July 30, 1986

BeirutNYC Records NYC 6006 2
Oops-
Self Portrait-
Sumo-
Cajun-
Safari-
In A Sentimental Mood-
Trains-

* NYC Records NYC 6006 2   Steps Ahead - Live In Tokyo 1986

Steps Ahead

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Synthi-Vibes, keyboards; Kenny Kirkland, synthesizer; Robby Kilgore, synthesizer programs; Chuck Loeb, acoustic, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer; Hiram Bullock, guitar; Victor Bailey, bass; Peter Erskine, acoustic, electric drums, percussion.

BearTracks Recording Studio, Suffern, NY and Electric Lady Studios, NYC;
Skyline Studios, NYC;
Electric Lady Studios, NYC;
The Record Plant, NYC, 1986

TrainsElektra 60441-1

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, Oberheim Xpander; Mike Mainieri, Synthi-Vibes, keyboards; Robby Kilgore, synthesizer programs; Chuck Loeb, guitar, guitar synthesizer; Victor Bailey, bass; Peter Erskine, acoustic, electric drums, percussion.

Beirut-

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, Oberheim Xpander, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Synthi-Vibes; Robby Kilgore, synthesizer programs; Peter Schwimmer, banjo; Chuck Loeb, guitar, guitar synthesizer; Victor Bailey, bass; Peter Erskine, drums.

Cajun-

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, Oberheim Xpander; Mike Mainieri, keyboards; Phil Ashley, synthesizer programs.

In A Sentimental Mood-

Michael Brecker, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Scott Martin, synthesizer; Phil Ashley, synthesizer, sequencing; Andy Topeka, Synclavier samples; Paul Jackson, guitar; Jimmy Bralower, drum programs; Dianne Reeves, lead vocal; Jocelyn Brown, Diva Gray, Janis Pendarvis, background vocal.

Magnetic Love-

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Synthi-Vibes; Robby Kilgore, synthesizer programs, piano; Chuck Loeb, guitar, guitar synthesizer; Victor Bailey, bass; Peter Erskine, drums, percussion; Jimmy Bralower, drum programs.

Sumo-

Michael Brecker, Steiner EWI, Oberheim Xpander, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Mitchel Forman, synthesizer; Peter Erskine, synthesizer, percussion; Robby Kilgore, Oberheim Xpander programs; Chuck Loeb, guitar; Victor Bailey, bass.

All The Tea In China-

Michael Brecker, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Synthi-Vibes; Warren Bernhardt, acoustic piano, synthesizer; Chuck Loeb, guitar; Victor Bailey, bass; Peter Erskine, drums, synthesizer.

Something I Said-

Michael Brecker, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, Scott Martin, synthesizer; Phil Ashley, synthesizer, sequencing; Andy Topeka, Synclavier samples; Paul Jackson, guitar; Jimmy Bralower, drum programs; Dianne Reeves, lead vocal; Jocelyn Brown, Diva Gray, Janis Pendarvis, background vocal.

Reprise (Magnetic Love)-

* Elektra 60441-1   Steps Ahead - Magnetic

1989

Steps Ahead

Ensemble: Bendik, sax, keyboards; Mike Mainieri, MIDI vibraharp, Synclavier, acoustic piano, percussion; Steve Khan, electric, acoustic guitar; Tony Levin, electric bass, Chapman Stick; Steve Smith, drums; with guest appearances: Rique Pantoja, acoustic piano #4; Bruce Martin, additional keyboards, Synclavier programs, percussion; Ray Gomez, electric guitar #1,10; Stephen Barber, string orchestrator #5; featuring Mass Kool And The African Posse: Massamba Fall, rythmic drum #3; Abdoulaye Diop, bass drum #3; Magatte Fall, talking drum #3.

Centerfield Studios, NYC, 1989

1.Well, In That CaseIntuition Records (G) INT 3007 1
2.Lust For Life-
3.Senegal Calling-
4.Red Neon, Go Or Give-
5.Charanga-
6.Get It-
7.N.Y.C.-
8.Stick Jam-
9.Absolutely Maybe-
10.Festival-
11.Paradiso-

* Intuition Records (G) INT 3007 1, INT 3007 2, (US) C1-91354, (US) CDP 7 91354 2   Steps Ahead - N.Y.C.

1992

Steps Ahead

Ensemble: Bendik, sax; Mike Mainieri, MIDI vibraharp, Synclavier, percussion; Rachel Z, acoustic piano, synthesizer; Jeff Andrews, electric, acoustic bass; Steve Smith, drums; with guest appearances: Rick Margitza, tenor sax #1,10; George Whitty, synthesizer #1; Jimi Tunnell, electric guitar #1,2,4; Steve Khan, electric guitar #1,3,6,8,10; Dean Brown, electric guitar #2; Wayne Krantz, electric, acoustic guitar #5,8; Chuck Loeb, rhythm guitar #3; Victor Bailey, electric bass #3; Bruce Martin, additional percussion, additional synthesizer, programming assoc. #1-3; + British guests: Spencer Cozens, keyboards, bass synthesizer #7; Alan Thomson, bass #7; Miles Bould, percussion, sequencing #7.

The Elephant Recording Studio, Wapping, London, released 1992

1.Sidewalk ManeuversNYC Records NYC 6001 2
2.Praise-
3.Nite Owl-
4.Taxi-
5.Tamarin Lion-
6.Gory Details-
7.Agitate The Gravel-
8.Okapi-
9.Orion-
10.Steppish-
11.Sara's Touch-

* NYC Records NYC 6001 2   Steps Ahead - Yin-Yang

1995

Steps Ahead

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano; Victor Bailey, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; with Tim Hagans, trumpet; Aaron Heick, alto sax.

RPM Sound Studios, NYC, released 1995

BuzzNYC Records NYC 6012 2

Donny McCaslin, soprano sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Rachel Z, piano, synthesizer; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; with Tim Hagans, trumpet; Adam Holzman, drum programs.

From Light To Light-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano; Adam Holzman, synthesizer, sequencer; Victor Bailey, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Penn Station-

Donny McCaslin, soprano, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano; Victor Bailey, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; with Adam Holzman, organ, Clavinet, sequencer, drum programs.

Vibe-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Rachel Z, piano, synthesizer; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Green Dolphin Street-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano; Victor Bailey, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Miles Away-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano, synthesizer; Victor Bailey, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; with Adam Holzman, synthesizer.

Staircase-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Rachel Z, piano, synthesizer; James Genus, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Rendezvous-

Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Michael Cain, piano; Reggie Washington, bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Crunch-

Section I: Donny McCaslin, soprano sax; Michael Cain, solo piano; Rachel Z, synthesizer; Clarence Penn, drums; + Section II: Donny McCaslin, soprano sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Rachel Z, solo piano; Michael Cain, synthesizer; Reggie Washington, bass; Clarence Penn, drums; with Adam Holzman, drum programs.

Waxing & Wanin-

Mike Mainieri, piano; James Genus, acoustic bass; Clarence Penn, drums.

Miles Away - Reprise (The Gentle Giant)-

* NYC Records NYC 6012 2   Steps Ahead - Vibe

1999

Steps Ahead

Bob Berg, sax; Mike Mainieri, vibes; Eliane Elias, piano; Marc Johnson, bass; Peter Erskine, drums.

live in Europe, July, 1999

Bowing To BudNYC Records NYC 6033 2
Copland-
Autumn Rose-
Pools-
All The Things You Are; Soul Eyes-
Uncle Bob-

same session.

Dee Minor-
The Time Is Now-
In A Sentimental Mood-
Friday Night At The Cadillac Club-

* NYC Records NYC 6033 2   Steps Ahead - Live In Europe 1999 - Holding Together