Steps Ahead

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Steps Ahead
OriginNew York City
GenresJazz fusion
Years active1979–present
LabelsElektra/Musician, NYC, Jazzline
Past members

Steps Ahead is an American jazz fusion group.


The group arose out of spontaneous sessions at Seventh Avenue South, a jazz club in New York City owned by saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter brother Randy Brecker.[2] The first three albums were released under the name Steps, later changed to Steps Ahead, on Nippon Columbia in Japan, starting with the debut live album Smokin' in the Pit (1980), followed by Step By Step (1981) and Paradox (1982).[3]

The shifting roster has included vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, saxophonists Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, Bendik Hofseth, Bill Evans, Ernie Watts, and Donny McCaslin; pianists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elias, Warren Bernhardt and Rachel Z; guitarists Mike Stern, Chuck Loeb, and Steve Khan; bassists Eddie Gomez, Darryl Jones, Tony Levin, Victor Bailey, Richard Bona, and Marc Johnson; and drummers Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, and Dennis Chambers.[4]

Steps Ahead was active during the 1970s and 1980s, intermittently during the 1990s, and reunited for concerts in the mid-2000s.[5]


As Steps[edit]

  • Step by Step (Better Days, 1980) – recorded in 1980
  • Smokin' in the Pit (Better Days, 1981) – recorded in 1979
  • Paradox: Live at Seventh Avenue South (Better Days, 1982) – recorded in 1981

As Steps Ahead[edit]

  • Steps Ahead (Elektra/Musician, 1983)
  • Modern Times (Elektra/Musician, 1984)
  • Magnetic (Elektra, 1986)
  • N.Y.C. (Capitol/Intuition, 1989)
  • Yin-Yang (NYC, 1992)
  • Live in Tokyo 1986 (NYC, 1994)
  • Vibe (NYC, 1995)
  • Holding Together (NYC, 2002)[2CD] – live rec. 1999
  • Steppin' Out with WDR Big Band (Jazzline, 2016)


Current members[edit]


  1. ^ "Guitarist Bryan Baker Prepares To Release "This Morning Day"". All About Jazz. February 13, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Seventh Avenue South | - Legendärer Jazzclub in Manhatten". (in German). Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  3. ^ Hovan, C. Andrew (1 September 2000). "Steps: Step By Step/Paradox". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "NYC Records » Bio". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "NPR's JazzSet: Steps Ahead: 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival". 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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