Directstep is the twenty-fourth studio album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The record was released only in Japan on January 21, 1979, via CBS/Sony label.
Directstep, released only in Japan, was one of the earliest albums ever released on CD. Webster Lewis became second keyboardist on this album in order for Hancock to handle the multiple layers of electronic texture that he hoped to achieve. Hancock re-recorded "I Thought It Was You" (originally on Sunlight), making it even more electronic with his vocoding. "Butterfly" was also re-recorded (originally on Thrust) making Directstep the second album after the original version (the first being Flood), to have a rendition of "Butterfly". (The fourth would be Dis Is da Drum and the tune is also featured on Kimiko Kasai's LP, Butterfly, which Herbie plays on.) "Shiftless Shuffle" would later be re-recorded for 1980's Mr. Hands.
1. "Butterfly" Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin 7:53
2. "Shiftless Shuffle" Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, Bill Summers 7:10
3. "I Thought It Was You" Jeffrey Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Melvin Ragin 15:27
Total length: 30:30
Herbie Hancock - Fender Rhodes, clavinet; Oberheim, Prophet, Yamaha CS-80 and Minimoog synthesizers; vocals, Sennheiser Vocoder
Webster Lewis - Hammond B-3 organ; Prophet, 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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