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jeff | Piedmont, SD United States | 02/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There appears to be an overwhelming "old camp" fan base of Steps, regarding other reviewer's opinions. While having enjoyed several of the older recordings and different lineups of players, this recording (NYC)was my first introduction to the group, and understandably my favorite. I cannot understate the deep, soulful emotion being poured out on several of these tracks. I must address the reference to Michael Brecker's absense as noted by another reviewer. Yes, he is to be revered, and I respect him. However, In spirit of a true step forward, this album's sax player, Bendik, is unbelievable. I cannot sit back and watch him be discredited for not being the previous player. Get real! I cannot recall a player who can conjure such emotion while coaxing the strange, twisted sounds he produces. Some of you may understand that a piece of music can touch you so deeply as to bring tears to your eyes. This album truely touches my soul. Not to mention, I am a bassist / Chapman Stick player, inspired by the legendary Tony Levin, who is not normally seen in this genre. His playing naturally is a departure from the standard/bop sound in some ways, but he also does perform some selections on upright, and does them a great justice. If you appreciate not just what was done on previous recordings, but welcome an embracing of new techniques / technology, this album is a perfect, natural transition to the future. Mike Manieri did a fine job of tipping his hat to his original sound and fan base, while enthusiastically embracing new directions. In the true spirit of Steps Ahead, you must open your mind and give this a try. If you simply enjoy the fulfilment of honest, inventive, fresh, inspired music, you need this recording. I own over 500 CD's. If someone said I get to keep just one, this may very well be it. Honestly."
Lost dimension without Brecker
Brad Christensen | Peoria, AZ United States | 01/13/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Had high hopes for this CD, but was disappointed. Steps Ahead took a big step down from the pinnacle of inventive, cutting edge jazz when Michael Brecker left. The band was such a creative mix. Now it's missing a main ingredient: Imagine trying to make gumbo without a roux. Spend your money instead on "Magnetic" or "Live In Tokyo 1986" by Steps Ahead when they truly were miles ahead."