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Steps Ahead

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Group Members: Victor Bailey, Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet, Michael Brecker, Michael Brecker Quartet, Peter Erskine, Benita, Michel, Peter Erskine, Richard Torres, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Michel Benita, Nguyên Lê & Peter Erskine, Michel Benita, Nguyên Lê & Peter Erskine, Peter Erskine, Tim Hagans & The Norrbotten Big Band, Eddie Gomez, Eddie Gómez / Mark Kramer, Eddie Gomez Trio, Don Grolnick, Don Grolnick Group, Vital Information, Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy, Mike Stern, Pavel Jakub Ryba, Elaine Elias, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker

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Originally called Steps when it was formed in 1979 by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, this group at various times has included tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker; keyboardists Don Grolnick, Eliane Elias, 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 1979-1986, although it still existed on a part-time basis in the mid-'90s.