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Herbie Hancock - Directstep (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Herbie Hancock - Directstep (1979/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Directstep
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Post Bop, Disco, Fusion
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1979/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:30:36
Recorded: October 17 & 18, 1978 at CBS/SONY Studio, Tokyo, Japan

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 LP sound is excellent, especially the rock-solid bass and drums. --AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

1. Butterfly 07:52
2. Shiftless Shuffle 07:07
3. I Thought It Was You 15:31

Herbie Hancock - Fender Rhodes, clavinet; Oberheim OB-X, Prophet 5, Yamaha CS-80 and Minimoog synthesizers; vocals, Sennheiser Vocoder
Webster Lewis - Hammond B-3 organ; Prophet 5, Yamaha CS-40, ARP String Ensemble and Minimoog synthesizers; Fender Rhodes, backing vocals
Bennie Maupin - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, lyricon
Ray Obiedo - Electric guitar
Paul Jackson - electric bass
Alphonse Mouzon - drums
Bill Summers - percussion

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