Exposé Online banner

Sunbirds — Sunbirds
(Garden of Delights CD161, 1970/2011, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Sunbirds Cover artSunbirds was a short lived group of international jazz musicians based in Munich in the early 1970s, together long enough to record two albums, of which this is the first. Most of the members had played in jazz circles for years and had noteworthy pedigrees: Drummer Klaus Weiss had played and recorded in numerous ensembles since the early 60s, and had a very impressive resume by the time Sunbirds formed; guitarist Philip Catherine had been working professionally for a few years with Dexter Gordon, Stephane Grapelli and others, but most of his fame came later; Austrian keyboard player Fritz Pauer, Dutch flautist Ferdinand Povel and American bassist Jimmy Woode likewise had been working in international jazz circles for years; percussionist Juan Romero adds his magic to the proceedings as well. Sunbirds was a bold step in the electrified jazz-rock direction that many of the established jazz artists had been taking since the late 60s, and as such represents a formidable effort by a collective of established musicians. The six tracks of the original album follow a strong improvisational edge and may find reference points in same period Miles Davis, Soft Machine, Nucleus, and others. Pauer's Fender Rhodes work graces these cuts nicely, while Woode's bass has a beautifully punchy quality that works nicely with Weiss' tasteful drumming throughout. Almost 17 minutes worth of outstanding bonus material taken from the original sessions has been added. This represents an excellent slab of period fusion that must be heard. Garden of Delights also promises a forthcoming vinyl release as well.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 40, 2011 releases, 1970 recordings

Related artist(s): Sunbirds

More info
http://www.diregarden.com

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Keith Tippett Group - Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening – By the time Keith Tippett released Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening, his second album, in 1971, he had already garnered a rather formidable reputation as a creative and experimental...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues