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Direct Step (1978)
Herbie Hancock

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User Rating: 4 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Nils
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  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.

Name:  MrDuke
Rating:  4 / 5
Comments:  This is a cool rarity, and well worth hunting for. "I Thought It Was You", the Love Boat-ish disco tune from SUNLIGHT is here in an extended, 15 min (!) version, and Herbie jams with the Vocoder for a good while...

Name:  Robocop
Rating:  4 / 5
Not the extended Rhodes-solos that you get on Headhunters , 2 interesting short solos. This session lacks a bit in inspiration I feel. Rhodes DI and pretty much bell in the high notes , but a nice barking midrange.
Did you already buy E.S.P , Waterbabies , Nefertiti , Directions , Miles in the Sky ?????