Sunshine of My Soul

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Sunshine of My Soul
Sunshine of My Soul.jpg
Studio album by Jaki Byard
Released 1967
Recorded October 31, 1967
New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
PR 7550
Producer Don Schlitten
Jaki Byard chronology
On the Spot!
(1967)On the Spot!1967
Sunshine of My Soul
Jaki Byard with Strings!
(1968)Jaki Byard with Strings!1968

Sunshine of My Soul is an album by pianist Jaki Byard recorded in 1967 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars with its review by Alex Henderson stating "the restless pianist was continuing to experiment and take chances, which is exactly what he does on Sunshine of My Soul".[2] The All About Jazz website stated "Exemplifying one of jazz’s oddballs, this remains one of Byard’s most interesting and accomplished musical puzzles".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Jaki Byard except as indicated

  1. "Sunshine" - 9:33
  2. "Cast Away" - 4:09
  3. "Chandra" - 8:06
  4. "St. Louis Blues" (W. C. Handy) - 6:03
  5. "Diane's Melody" - 6:58
  6. "Trendsition Zildjian" - 10:58



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed July 26, 2012
  2. ^ a b Henderson, A. Allmusic Review, accessed July 26, 2012
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 35. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Rickert, D. All About Jazz review, December 1, 2001