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Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released December 2, 1978
Recorded October 17–18, 1978
Genre Electronic, Jazz fusion
Length 31:05
Label Columbia
Producer David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.
Herbie Hancock chronology
An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Directstep is the twenty-fourth studio album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The record was released on December 2, 1978, via Columbia Records label.

About the album[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Butterfly" (Hancock, Bennie Maupin) - 7:55
  2. "Shiftless Shuffle" (Hancock, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, Bill Summers) - 7:10
  3. "I Thought It Was You" (Jeffrey Cohen, Hancock, Melvin Ragin) - 15:30



  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Directstep - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011.