Herbie Hancock - Directstep (1979)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:34 | Size: 71.33 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Butterfly 7:55
2. Shiftless Shuffle 7:12
3. I Thought It Was You 15:27
Label - Columbia

Herbie Hancock - Keyboards
Bennie Maupin - Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
Webster Lewis - Synthesizer, Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Ray Obiedo - Guitar
Byron Miller, Paul Jackson - Bass
Alphonse Mouzon - Drums
Bill Summers – Percussion
For the rabid audiophiles in Japan, Herbie Hancock went to Tokyo to record a direct-to-disc LP that later became one of the world's earliest CD releases. Due perhaps to the arduous one-take-only nature of the direct-to-disc process, Hancock takes the rare step of using a second keyboardist, Webster Lewis, to handle the multiple electronic textures; the rest of the cast is a quorum of Headhunters (Bennie Maupin, reeds; Paul Jackson, bass; Bill Summers, percussion), plus guitarist Ray Obiedo and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Understandably, the music sometimes sounds a bit inhibited and structured but there are some refreshingly jarring rhythmic disruptions in 'Butterfly,' 'Shiftless Shuffle' eventually develops a fine roadhouse groove, and the extended 'I Thought It Was You' cuts the original version on Sunlight. The excellent LP sound is superior to that of the CD - especially the rock-solid bass and drums.

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