Steps Ahead: Pools
Steps Ahead (Collectables 6545)
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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