Sunlight (album)

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Studio album by Herbie Hancock
Released June 15, 1978
Recorded 1977
The Automatt, San Francisco
The Village Recorder, Los Angeles (brasses)
Genre Jazz-funk, funk, jazz fusion, jazz, disco
Length 39:26
Label Columbia
Producer Herbie Hancock, David Rubinson
Herbie Hancock chronology
VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum
(1977)VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Herbie Hancock, except where indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "I Thought It Was You" (Hancock, Melvin Ragin, Jeffrey Cohen) – 8:56
  2. "Come Running to Me" (lyrics by Allee Willis) – 8:25

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sunlight" – 7:12
  2. "No Means Yes" – 6:21
  3. "Good Question" – 8:32




  • 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

External links[edit]


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