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 Kimiko Kasai With Herbie Hancock Butterfly-'79 Soul-Jazz-NEW LP

Kimiko Kasai With Herbie Hancock Butterfly LP
Be With Records

Oh yes! First ever official reissue of the positively sublime and very rare Butterfly LP, recorded in Tokyo in 1979 by Japanese songstress Kimiko Kasai and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

Due to its super-rare status as a Japan-only release, this exquisite collection of covers never got the recognition it deserved at the time, despite incredibly inspired performances from Kimiko, Herbie and the supremely talented musicians assembled for the project. From heavenly drummer Alphonse Mouzon and renowned organist Webster Lewis to bassist Paul Jackson, reedman Bennie Maupin and the master percussionist Bill Summers, the legendary performers crafted amazingly good vocal versions of Herbie / Headhunters jazz-funk. Unsurprisingly, it has been heavily in demand for many years.

The LP opens with Kimiko’s highly desirable version of “I Thought It Was You”, an elegant take on Herbie’s own anthem. Other superb re-workings include the delicately soulful “Butterfly”, jazzy groover “Sunlight”, the smooth and sexy “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” and the beautiful ballads “Maiden Voyage” and “Harvest Time”. A wonderful example of perfectly understated and masterful jazz-funk soul fusion that shouldn’t be missed, the set closes with a jaw-dropping version of Stevie Wonder’s “As”.

This lovingly curated reissue enables a long overdue reappraisal of this hitherto unavailable masterpiece. The stunning artwork which adorned the original jacket - complete with OBI strip and sumptuous 4 page folded insert - has been faithfully restored. Simon Francis’ sensitive mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g. Essential.


Kimiko Kasai With Herbie Hancock ‎– Butterfly
Be With Records ‎– BEWITH028LP
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
20 Apr 2018
Jazz, Funk / Soul


A1     I Thought It Was You

    Composed By – H. Hancock*, J. Cohen*, M. Ragin*

A2     Tell Me A Bedtime Story

    Composed By – H. Hancock*, J. Hancock*

A3     Head In The Clouds

    Composed By – D. Graselli*, M. Malanet

A4     Maiden Voyage

    Composed By – H. Hancock*, J. Hancock*

B1     Harvest Time

    Composed By – H. Hancock*, J. Hancock*

B2     Sunlight

    Composed By – H. Hancock*

B3     Butterfly

    Composed By – H. Hancock*, J. Hancock*

B4     As

    Composed By – S. Wonder*

Companies, etc.

    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
    Copyright (c) – Be With Records
    Licensed From – Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited


    Backing Vocals – Herbie Hancock, Kimiko Kasai (tracks: A3, B2), Mari Kaneko (tracks: A3, B2), Yuka Kamebachi (tracks: A3, B2)
    Bass – Paul Jackson (2)
    Clavinet – Herbie Hancock
    Drums – Alphonse Mouzon
    Electric Piano – Herbie Hancock
    Engineer [Assistant] – Hirohiko Yamanaka, Mikio Takamatsu
    Engineer [Recording] – Brian Bell*, Fred Catero, Tomoa Suzuki*
    Mastered By – Eiji Taniguchi
    Mixed By – David Rubinson, Fred Catero
    Percussion – Bill Summers
    Piano – Webster Lewis (tracks: A3)
    Producer – David Rubinson & Friends, Inc., Herbie Hancock
    Synthesizer – Herbie Hancock, Webster Lewis
    Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Benny Maupin*
    Vocals – Kimiko Kasai
    Vocoder – Herbie Hancock

Officially licensed reissue. Comes with recreated Be With obi strip and folded lyric sheet.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout: 5050580687448

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