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Steps Ahead



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Produced by Mike Mainieri
Recorded and Mixed by Todd A Gerard
Additional Engineering Max Risenhoover (“Praise” and “Sidewalk Maneuvers”)
Assistant Engineer Mike Mainieri III
Technical Assistance David Karns
Front Cover Painting by Sally Walker
Design by Monika Vossenkaul, Lucas Holter
Art Direction by Alexej Werschbizkij
Mastered at Sound Studio N, Cologne by Christoph Dickman
Production Coordination Joshua Cantor

Mike Mainieri: MIDI Vibraharp, Synclavier, Vibraphone
Bendik Hofseth: Saxophones
Rachel Z: Synthesizer, Piano
Jeff Andrews: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass
Steve Smith: Drums
Jimi Tunnell: Electric Guitar (1-2, 4)
Steve Khan: Electric Guitar (1, 3, 6, 8, 10)
Wayne Krantz: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar (5, 8)
Chuck Loeb: Rhythm Guitar (3)
Victor Bailey: Electric Bass (3)
Rick Margitza: Tenor Saxophone (1, 10)
George Whitty: Synthesizer (1)
Dean Brown: Electric Guitar (2)
Bruce Martin: Synthesizer, Programming (1-3)

Originally called Steps, when it first formed in 1979 by Mike, this group at various times has included saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elis and Rachel Z, guitarist Mike Stern, bassists Eddie Gomez and Darryl Jones and drummers Peter Erskine and Steve Smith among others. Its music combines advanced jazz, R&B, rock and fusion and is frequently exciting. Steps Ahead was most active during 1979-86 although still exists on a part-time basis.

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