Currently reading 'No Beethoven' by drummer Peter Erskine
which I will review later. But with Peter in mind I
started to search YouTube and catched a video of him with
Palle Danielsson and
Rita Marcotulli (see below). The tune is
'Something I said' and was (first?) recorded on the Steps
Ahead album 'Magnetic' back in 1985-86.
Steps Ahead was an all-star fusion band who had gained
some popularity by then (I think especially in Europe).
Originally started as an almost acoustic venture, they got
more and more into synths. Some of the compositions are
loaded with them, overloaded at times it seems. Even Mike
Mainieri's vibes got midified over the years. Still there
are a lot of highlights on this album. 'Trains' became a
live hit during concerts and there's a retake of
Ellington's 'In a sentimental mood' which features Michael
Brecker on Steiner Ewi, a MIDI wind instrument.
The more acoustic version of Steps Ahead comes near the
end of the album with the laidback and aforementioned
'Something I said' written by Erskine.
- In a sentimental mood
- Magnetic love
- All the tea in China
- Something I said
- Reprise (Magnetic love)