Steps Ahead (album)

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Steps Ahead
Steps Ahead.jpg
Studio album by Steps Ahead
Released 1983
Genre Jazz
Length 46:38
Label Elektra/Musician
Producer Don Grolnick
Steps Ahead chronology
Step by Step
(1980)Step by Step1980
Steps Ahead
Modern Times
(1984)Modern Times1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Steps Ahead is the debut album by the American jazz group Steps Ahead, released on Elektra/Musician in 1983. The group had previously released three albums under the name Steps on Nippon Columbia (Smokin' in the Pit (1981), Step by Step (1981) and Paradox (1982)), with Don Grolnick on piano and Steve Gadd on drums on "Smokin' in the Pit" and "Step by Step".


Allmusic awarded the album with 4.5 stars and its review by Scott Yanow states: "The music is essentially high-quality funky fusion, with Brecker typically blowing up a storm, Mainieri often playing the synthivibe, and Elias showing some early individuality".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pools" (Don Grolnick) – 11:17
  2. "Islands" (Mike Mainieri) – 6:26
  3. "Loxodrome" (Eddie Gómez) – 5:28
  4. "Both Sides of the Coin" (Brecker, Mainieri) – 6:14
  5. "Skyward Bound" (Mainieri) – 4:05
  6. "Northern Cross" (Peter Erskine) – 5:53
  7. "Trio (An Improvisation)" (Brecker, Gomez, Mainieri) – 7:32



  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Steps Ahead – Steps Ahead | AllMusic". Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Yanow, S.Allmusic Review: Steps Ahead accessed 07 June 2010