The Perfect Rendezvous of East and West
After earning accolades for their last album, the members of Skyline have continued to imagine the possibilities of jazz fusion. Three years of pondering those possibilities led almost naturally to the idea of going “back to the roots,” with the glory of jazz fusion of the past providing endless inspiration.
The pioneering musicians of the 70's were wildly imaginative, innovative, and bold thinkers. They ushered in the era of jazz fusion by grabbing different styles of music and blending them into jazz. Their boldness wrote a brilliant new chapter in the story of jazz’s development, and jazz music entered an age where a kaleidoscope of styles flourished. Jazz musicians in the 80's continued to push the boundaries of jazz fusion. They defined the sound of the 80's that we all know with a variety of electric instruments, the use of more mature musical elements and an infusion of pop music. They freely added all sorts of musical elements onto the foundation of jazz, without the constraints of style, structure, and genre. This caused jazz fusion to evolve to have an even wider range of feeling and effect.
Over Skyline’s 10 plus years of creating original music, the members have always drawn inspiration from the greats of jazz fusion. At times, there’s a feeling of spiritual connection that transcends time and space. That inspiration set off the band’s grand plan to bring out the free and diverse spirit that is jazz fusion and integrate into this all-new album. There’s a unique spirit that, of course, also belongs exclusively to our modern age. Skyline wants to use the Western format of jazz music to present our roots in Taiwan, so as to take Aboriginal Ancient Tunes, Hakka Eight-Tones (Ba-Yin) and Fulao Folk Songs, all parts of Taiwan’s traditional music, and wrap them into the jazz fusion style. We hope to bring a new vibrance and life to that traditional music. We believe this isn’t just about inheriting and presenting music. Rather, it’s a matter of giving a concrete expression to the inner workings of a culture in order to create something that is at once retro and modern.
To fully convey this album’s concept and techniques, Skyline invited the best of jazz fusion to join us for recording: members of the Corea Elektric Band (saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Frank Gambale) and quintessential master musicians from GRP (jazz drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Abraham Laboriel) along with other musicians. Our goal was to produce a high standard and exquisite jazz performance album that has international impact.