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|Studio album by|
|Released||June 15, 1978|
The Automatt, San Francisco
The Village Recorder, Los Angeles (brasses)
|Genre||Jazz-funk, funk, jazz fusion, jazz, disco|
|Producer||Herbie Hancock, David Rubinson|
|Herbie Hancock chronology|
Sunlight is a June 1978 jazz-funk, fusion album by keyboardist Herbie Hancock. It features Hancock's vocals through a vocoder as well as performances by drummer Tony Williams and bassist Jaco Pastorius. This was when Hancock began heading towards a more mainstream Smooth Jazz/R&B fusion, similar to fellow Jazz-Fusion pianist Patrice Rushen. This would last until his 1982 album Lite Me Up.
The album produced a single entitled "I Thought It Was You" which was mildly received at the time by UK jazz listeners. As a whole the album tends to lay more toward funk than a jazz record, and is reminiscent of much of the electro-funk of the time. This release marks the beginning of the 1980s electro-era style that was more refined in Herbie's later albums such as Future Shock and Sound-System.
All tracks composed by Herbie Hancock, except where indicated.
- "I Thought It Was You" (Hancock, Melvin Ragin, Jeffrey Cohen) – 8:56
- "Come Running to Me" (lyrics: Allee Willis) – 8:25
- "Sunlight" – 7:12
- "No Means Yes" – 6:21
- "Good Question" – 8:32
- Herbie Hancock – keyboards, synthesizers, lead and background vocals (through vocoder) (1–3), string, brass and woodwind arrangements
- Patrick Gleeson – additional synthesizers (5)
- Bennie Maupin – soprano saxophone solo (3)
- Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker, Jr. – guitar (1, 3)
- Byron Miller (1), Paul Jackson (2–4), Jaco Pastorius (5) – electric bass
- Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (1), James Levi (2, 3), Harvey Mason, Sr. (4), Tony Williams (5) – drums
- Raul Rekow (exc. 3), Bill Summers (exc. 1) – percussion
- Baba Duru – tabla (2)
- Bobby Shew, Maurice Spears, Robert O'Bryant, Garnett Brown – brass (exc. 4)
- Ernest J. Watts, Fred Jackson, Jr., Jack Nimitz, David Willard Riddles – woodwind (2, 5)
- Terry Adams, Roy Malan, Nathan Rubin, Linda Wood, Emily VanValkenburgh – strings (2)
- Herbie Hancock and David Rubinson – producers
- David Rubinson, Fred Catero (with Chris Minto and Cheryl Ward) – engineers at The Automatt
- Steve Mantoani – engineer at Different Fur Trading Co.
- Terry Becker – assistant engineer (brass)
- Phill Brown – mastering
- "Herbie Hancock - Sunlight (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". discogs.com. 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.