Jazz Colors - a true reflection of diverse beauty of city life
Skyline’s second album “City Colors”
• The latest creation since the band’s debut album “City Guide”
• Featuring Jazz Legends - Gerald Albright, Paul Jackson Jr. and Alain Caron
• Produced again by a world-class production team with a perfect combination of Jazz, Pop, Latin, R&B/ Soul, Funk & Rock
• Performed live at Java Jazz Festival, the world’s biggest Jazz festival in Jakarta
• Named among global top 12 bands at Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival in Macau
Since it launched its first studio album “City Glide” in 2014, Skyline has received wide acclaim from home and abroad for its diverse music elements and mature urban Jazz style. In addition to being nominated for the Best New Artist at the 5th Golden Indie Music Awards in 2014, the band was among the world’s top 12 bands at the 3rd Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival in Macau in the same year and then invited to perform live at the 2015 Java Jazz Festival, the world’s biggest Jazz music festival. Following its debut success, Skyline launched its second album “City Colors” in 2016. Extending the concept of “silhouette of the city”, Skyline seeks to inject greater musical richness and cultural depth into the production to create some truly unique Fusion Jazz tunes.
“City Colors” focuses on the special moments of city life, capturing the bits and pieces of the touching scenes in our lives and concretize them through music so that they may be interpreted even powerfully and become vivid images in listeners’ minds.
1. Greet the Dawn
Morning is about to break! A new day will start soon!
As the sun brings warmth to the earth and adds colors to the city, we should light up one another’s lives as ambassadors of light. Taking the lead of this music creation, the uplifting and unique EWI sound is expected to cheer up any listener. The dynamic and unimpeded tempo clearly captures our band members’ passion to cherish every minute and live their lives to the fullest.
This song depicts an enthusiastic, go-getter attitude toward life. C’mon, keep your chin up and dance to the melody with Skyline!
2. Keep Goin’
Setbacks at work or in relationships occur once in a while. Fear to pick yourself up and move on afterwards never helps matters. Instead, it is important to take a breather and then go on with ease and grace. That is how you may achieve fruitful results for any endeavors in life. The elegant pop’s moderato tempo resembles the heartbeat and breathing. With its catchy tune, this is an extremely memorable piece.
Saying goodbye is a usual occurrence in life. We inevitably need to part with our classmates, colleagues, sweethearts and even loved ones. So why are we sad? About the unknown changes in the way ahead? Bidding farewells may not always be a sad affair. Instead, it may lead to some sort of rebirth. We may turn a new chapter or reach a different dimension of life in a new place.
This melodic piece carrying a tad of sadness opens with a beautiful piano solo, which bears a sharp contrast to the passionate roar of the saxophone at the end. This is a perfect music creation to send our blessings and yearnings to someone beloved who has embarked on a journey and we may never see again.
4. Ocean Promenade
Walking toward the ocean wind, you may find a vast blue sea at the end of the road. Why not leave behind the mundane, forget your sorrows and run into the embrace of the blue sea and sky!
Set to the relaxing, upbeat tempo of Samba, this piece features fingerstyle nylon guitar common in Latin music. Played to the sixth and 3rd intervals, it boasts a cheerful, refreshing feel enjoyed by one strolling at the beach. In a word, this creation exudes a pleasant flair and a free spirit. What a happy piece!
(Guest Musician: Roberto Zayas on Guitar; Cheng Sun on Drums)
5. Sudden Romance
Ever had an encounter like this?
This girl approaching you seemed so familiar, but you just didn’t have a reason to stop her in her tracks. Yet you knew that she cast a glance at you, too. Then you could not help but ask yourself, “Am I mistaken? Should I pluck up the courage to turn this encounter into a meaningful relationship?”
Using the common tempo and harmony of smooth Jazz, this soft melody easily engages listeners into the story of the song. Jazz guitar legend Paul Jackson Jr.’s emotional performance does justice to the essence of this piece.
(feat. Paul Jackson Jr. on Guitar)
(Guest Musician: Shawna Yang on Saxophone)
If you had a time ship, would you travel to the past or the future?
With the clicking of the clock, after a countdown, off the time ship goes!
Although success and frustrations are always a part of our lives, set to an upbeat rhythm, this piece encourages listeners to keep their adventurous and explorative mind as the time ship makes no stopover and constantly brings surprises.
Set to a very classic groove of Funk Fusion, this piece features carefully-arranged harmony and tempo twists. Jazz saxophone master Gerald Albright vividly depicts the relentless moving of time with his performance which alternates between romantic and free-spirited sentiments. The scenes of the piece flow incessantly and end as Saxophone and piano players trade solos.
(feat. Gerald Albright on Saxophone)
Leaving the hustle and bustle of life, finally you sit by the lake in the suburbs for a weekend vacation! This piece features the most stress-free instrumental arrangement in Jazz to create a relaxing tempo resembling one’s leisurely stroll by the lake as he soaks in the scenery before him. As the soft, delicate music of soprano saxophone meets a steady, low fretless bass by Jazz bass maestro Alain Caron, it is like an elegant and ravishing exchange between the mountains and rivers.
(feat. Alain Caron on Bass)
(Guest Musician: Emory Chu on Drums)
8. Breeze Kiss
On a serene evening, what better way to unwind than leaving behind the tensions of work in the day, sorting out your emotions and soaking in a bath? Set to Adagio, this Bossa Nova piece is like an evening breeze blowing softly over you for you to chill out. With unassuming traditional instruments, this creation perfectly accentuates the soft and elegant timber of the flute and brings out the primitive sensation in us.
(Guest Musician: Shawna Yang on Flute)
9. Beyond the Rainbow
The sun pops out after the rain. You can’t help but look up to the sky and look for a rainbow, can you?
No matter which color in the rainbow spectrum you resonate with the most, with constant effort for growth, your life will also shine with brilliance like a rainbow.
Characterized by a Folk Rock style, this piece features a light, bright tempo. Coupled with the melodious tone of the Saxophone, this piece depicts a childlike heart that seeks after the colorful beauty of life.
(Guest Musician: Emory Chu on Drums)
10. Sparkling Rain
How is your mood after a rain?
The synthesized tone which sounds so crisp and fresh like crystal raindrops invites all to rock! The guitarist’s painstaking music arrangement and excellent solo, which alternates between wildness and quietness, bring an incredibly rich jazzy rain shower. Such a feast of rain certainly cleanses one’s mind and soul. As the rain stops and thick clouds dissipate, one realizes that the eyes of his heart are enlightened in an amazing manner.