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Steps Ahead: Steppin’ Out (Sunnyside)

Cofounded by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and saxophonist Michael Brecker in 1979, Steps and later Steps Ahead saw their bold blend of acoustic-electric fusion and modern jazz draw listeners for the next 25 years or so. Mainieri provided the catchy, steady-grooving tunes, and the group became a launching pad for a long list of top-rank players, … Read More “Steps Ahead: Steppin’ Out (Sunnyside)”

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Herb Alpert: Steppin’ Out

Herb Alpert was there, playing a pivotal role, when fusion begat smooth-jazz. And, it seems, he’s never left. From the opening “Puttin’ on the Ritz” to the reworking of “The Lonely Bull,” Alpert’s career-igniting 1962 hit with the Tijuana Brass, Steppin’ Out feels stuck in an early ’80s groove. Fittingly, Jeff Lorber has been invited … Read More “Herb Alpert: Steppin’ Out”

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