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Steps Ahead

Originally called Steps when it had been formed in 1979 simply 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, amongst others. Its music combines advanced jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and fusion and is generally exciting. Steps Forward was most energetic during 1979-1986, though it still been around on the part-time basis within the mid-’90s.

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