Steps Ahead: Pools




Steps Ahead


Steps Ahead (Collectables 6545)

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Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Eliane Elias (piano), Peter Erskine (drums), Eddie Gomez (bass), Mike Mainieri (vibes, synthivibe, and marimba).

Recorded: New York. No dates given. CD released in 1983


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Steps Ahead was one of the best of the fusion groups in part because all its members were outstanding jazz players. On Don Grolnick’s “Pools,” vibist Mike Mainieri and bassist Eddie Gomez create scintillating solos over the slow-moving harmonies and the infectious drumming of Peter Erskine, but it is tenorist Michael Brecker who steals the show. On his second solo, he starts out softly, then slowly builds to an electrifying climax before gradually bringing the tension level back down. Erskine is right with him all the way.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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  • 1 Sonho Lee // Jul 10, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    Really changed my musical life upside down. The second Brecker solo still sends shivers up my spine.