Primarily recognised as an award-winning, jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri's equally remarkable talents as producer, arranger, & composer have contributed to shaping the cutting-edge in music. At the age of 14, his own jazz trio was touring with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, & by 17 he was playing and arranging for Buddy Rich's sextet, a tenure which continued up until 1962, & at the age of 18 he won the International Jazz Critic's Award. Richie Havens & Jimi Hendrix, from 1969-1972, he was an integral part of the White Elephant Orchestra that created that created so many musical direction for the decades to follow. During the late 70's. Mainieri founded the pioneering jazz-fusion group STEPS-AHEAD, delving into contemporary sounds while maintaining experimentation & compositional integrity as a launching-pad for young talent and new musical ideas and subsequently NYC RECORDS. An extension of himself, the independent, label is a vehicle for exposing new ideas grounded in the jazz idiom.
Tracklisting: 1. Sarah's Touch 2. Bamboo 3. Bullet Train 4. Hi Fly 5. I Can't Get Started 6. Punishment Blues 7. Yard Bird Suite 8. Red Top