Personalities | Steps Ahead | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Instrumental group, 1979–present)

Originally an acoustic jazz quintet led by vibist Mike Mainieri and featuring tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, pianist Don Grolnick, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Steve Gadd, Steps changed personnel through the early 1980s, changed its name to Steps Ahead in 1983 and by 1985 had become a high-tech fusion outfit, with Mike Stern on electric guitar and both Brecker and Mainieri playing MIDI controllers. Mainieri continued to lead the band with new personnel through the 1990s.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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