1962 The Mike Mainieri Quartet ‎- Blues On The Other Side

Michael T. Mainieri, Jr. (born July 4, 1938, the Bronx, New York City) is an American vibraphonist known for his work with the social music group Steps Ahead.

Mike 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 as well as on “Ride Across the River” on the album Brothers in Arms. 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.


1 Blues On The Other Side 3:44
2 If I Were A Bell 5:26
3 Tenderly 6:13
4 B.R. Blues 5:00
5 When I Fall In Love 5:24
6 Waltzin’ In And Out 6:18

The Band

Bass Julio Ruggiero
Drums Joe Porcaro
Piano Bruce Martin
Vibraphone Mike Mainieri