Mike Mainieri

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Mike Mainieri
Mike Mainieri Cosmopolite (204846).jpg
Mainieri in 2016.
Background information
Birth name Mike Mainieri
Genres Jazz, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, label owner
Instruments Vibraphone
Years active 1952–present
Labels Elektra Musician, NYC
Associated acts Buddy Rich, Steps Ahead
Website www.nycrecords.com

Michael T. Mainieri Jr. is an American vibraphonist known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. He is married to singer-songwriter and harpist Dee Carstensen.[1]

Biography

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.

Discography

Mike Mainieri with Bendik Hofseth, Cosmopolite Scene, Oslo, 2016.

As leader

  • Blues on the Other Side (Argo, 1963) (as The Mike Manieri Quartet)
  • Journey Thru an Electric Tube (Solid State, 1968)
  • Insight (Solid State, 1968) (as The Mike Manieri Quartet)
  • Love Play (Arista, 1977)
  • Free Smiles: Live at Montreaux 1978 (Arista Novus, 1978) (with Warren Bernhardt)
  • Wanderlust (Warner Bros. , 1981)
  • Man Behind Bars (NYC, 1995)
  • An American Diary (NYC, 1995)
  • An American Diary: The Dreamings (NYC, 1997)
  • Northern Lights (NYC, 2006)
  • Crescent (NYC, 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 Aerosmith

With Manny Albam

With George Benson

With Stephen Bishop

With Kenny Burrell

With Marc Cohn

With Paul Desmond

With Dire Straits

With Eliane Elias

With Art Farmer

With Michael Franks

With Urbie Green

With Tim Hardin

With Bob James

  • Heads (Tappan Zee, 1977)

With Billy Joel

With Etta Jones

With Mark Knofler

With Nils Lofgren

With Pat Martino

With Paul McCartney

With Brother Jack McDuff

With Don McLean

With Marcus Miller

With Wes Montgomery

With Laura Nyro

With Buddy Rich

With Linda Rondstat

With David Sanborn

With Carly Simon

With Paul Simon

With Chris Smither

With Sonny Stitt

With Livingston Taylor

With Tony Orlando and Dawn

With Kazumi Watanabe

References

  1. ^ Garner, Dwight (February 6, 2008). "Living With Music: A Playlist by Meghan Daum". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  • 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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