Steps Ahead – Yin-Yang

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This CD from the part-time fusion band Steps Ahead is probably most notable for introducing the fine keyboardist Rachel Z. Also in the group at the time were leader Mike Mainieri on MIDI vibraharp and synclavier, saxophonist Bendik, bassist Jeff Andrews and drummer Steve Smith. Put out by Mainieri’s NYC label, this mostly high-powered performance consists of group originals, generally by Mainieri and Bendik. Unlike other Steps Ahead records, there are quite a few guests on various tracks including guitarists Steve Khan, Wayne Krantz, Jimi Tunnell and Chuck Loeb, electric bassist Victor Bailey and tenorman Rick Margitza. The music has spirit and drive, although nothing all that memorable occurs; the band lacked a lead voice on the same level as their alumnus Michael Brecker.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic



Track listing:

1 Sidewalk Maneuvers 4:49
2 Praise 4:47
3 Nite Owl 5:32
4 Taxi 3:28
5 Tamarin Lion 5:44
6 Gory Details 4:55
7 Agitate The Gravel 5:56
8 Okapi 6:20
9 Orion 4:38
10 Steppish 7:57
11 Sara’s Touch 6:33

Bass – Jeff Andrews
Drums – Steve Smith (5)
Keyboards – Rachel Z
Percussion, Synthesizer [Synclavier], Vibraphone – Mike Mainieri
Saxophone – Bendik


Label: NYC Records – NYC 6001 2
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1992
Style: Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Swing