Sunbird (album)

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Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck - 1979 - Sunbird.jpg
Studio album by Gordon Beck
Released 1979 (1979)[1]
Genre Jazz
Length 36:28
Label JMS–Cream
Producer Jean-Marie Salhani
Gordon Beck chronology
The French Connection
(1978)The French Connection1978
The Things You See
(1980)The Things You See1980

Sunbird is a studio album by pianist Gordon Beck, released in 1979 through JMS–Cream Records. This was the second Beck recording to feature guitarist Allan Holdsworth, following up Conversation Piece (1977).[2] Two additional collaborative albums would follow: The Things You See (1980) and With a Heart in My Song (1988). Both Sunbird and The Things You See were reissued together as a compilation in 1989 (with the omission of "Flight" from Sunbird)[3] and again in 1994 (including "Flight").[4] Sunbird by itself was reissued on 17 September 1996.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]

Scott Yanow at AllMusic gave Sunbird three stars out of five, noting that "the overall music is not as memorable as one would hope". However, despite saying that it was not a classic, he nonetheless deemed it of interest to Holdsworth fans curious to hear him in a different context than usual.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Gathering"2:45
  • "Part 1"
  • "Part 2"
  • "Part 3"
  • "Part 4""
  • 6:43
  • 3:00
  • 2:49
  • 3:14
  • 3."Halfway House"6:21
    5."Second Summer"6:49
    Total length:36:32



    1. ^ "Gordon Beck - Sunbird". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
    2. ^ "John Stevens-"Conversation Piece"". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
    3. ^ "Allan Holdsworth / Gordon Beck – The Things You See / Sunbird". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
    4. ^ "Allan Holdsworth,Gordon Beck-"The Things You See/Sunbird"". Retrieved 2014-09-17.
    5. ^ "Gordon Beck - Sunbird CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
    6. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "The Things You See/Sunbird - Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-17.