Mike Mainieri

Mike Mainieri - © 2005 mvonlanthen

born on 4/7/1938 in New York City, NY, United States

Mike Mainieri

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Michael T. Mainieri, Jr. is an American vibraphonist known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead.


Mainieri was a pioneer in introducing an electronic vibraphone, known as a synth-vibe, and has recorded with such musicians as Buddy Rich, Wes Montgomery and Jeremy Steig. He performed for a live album by Laura Nyro and was featured on several tracks from the Dire Straits album Love Over Gold (1982), as well as on "Ride Across the River" on the album Brothers in Arms (1985). He performed on the albums Heads by Bob James, Heart to Heart by David Sanborn, and Tiger in the Rain by Michael Franks.

He has also released numerous albums and videos as a leader for a variety of labels, most notably his 1980 album for Warner Bros. entitled Wanderlust, which featured Michael Brecker and other members of Steps Ahead. He produced three albums for Carly Simon. Mainieri married singer-songwriter/harpist Dee Carstensen in 1993.


As leader

  • Blues on the Other Side (1963) (as The Mike Manieri Quartet)
  • Journey Thru an Electric Tube (1968)
  • Insight (1968) (as The Mike Manieri Quartet)
  • Love Play (1977)
  • Free Smiles: Live at Montreaux 1978) (with Warren Bernhardt)
  • Wanderlust (1980)
  • Man Behind Bars (1995)
  • An American Diary (1995)
  • An American Diary: The Dreamings (1997)
  • Northern Lights (2006)
  • Crescent (2010)

with Steps Ahead

Studio albums

  • Step by Step (1980)
  • Steps Ahead (1983)
  • Modern Times (1984)
  • Magnetic (1986)
  • N.Y.C. (1989)
  • Yin-Yang (1992)
  • Vibe (1994)
  • Steppin Out(2016)

Live albums

  • Smokin' in the Pit (1980)
  • Paradox (1982)
  • Live in Tokyo 1986 (1986)
  • Holding Together: Live in Europe 1999 (2002)

As sideman

With Manny Albam

  • The Soul of the City (1966)

With Kenny Burrell

  • A Generation Ago Today (1967)

With Paul Desmond

  • Summertime (1968)

With Art Farmer

With Urbie Green

  • The Fox (1976)

With Pat Martino

  • Starbright (1976)

With Buddy Rich

  • Playtime (1960)
  • Blues Caravan (1962)

With Sonny Stitt

  • What's New!!! (1966)
  • I Keep Comin' Back! (1966)

With Eliane Elias

  • Dreamer (2004)
  • Dance of Time (2017)


  • Yanow, Scott. "Mike Mainieri". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 

External links

  • Official web site
  • Allmusic
  • Mike's featured page on the Party Of The Century international music project
  • Mike Mainieri interview at allaboutjazz.com
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