Directstep

Directstep

by Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140103221
catalogNumber: 1032
Rank: 24706

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Vocals,Clavinet,Vocoder,fender rhodes,oberheim,Mini Moog,Prophet 5,Yamaha Keyboards
Bennie Maupin   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
Alphonse Mouzon   Drums
Webster Lewis   Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Prophet 5,Yamaha Keyboards,Hammond B3
Bill Summers   Percussion
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Webster Lewis   Arp String Ensemble
Bill Summers   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Melvin Ragin   Composer
Jean Hancock   Composer
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer

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