Contemporary jazz group Airborne from New Haven celebrates its 25th anniversary. Take Off in 1990, Across The Sky (1995), Lifetones (1999), Heavy Vibes (2004), Turbulence (2007), Winds of Change (2008), New Horizons (2010), Back In The Dayz - Airborne Anthology (2011) and this year Silver Skies is a long discography, which bears witness to the consistency and professionalism of this formation.

From the very start, the album radiates with Touching The Morning Sun in sunny cheerfulness. The song sounds like a piece that was recorded on the first take. Full of energy and not edited. Heated by a percussion intro Cuban Style takes on full speed.

City Spirits is on many sections similar to the style of Shakatak. Elizabeth Dellinger sets highlights and vocal accents. BK's Jazz Joint puts the emphasis at jazzy phrasing. The length of the piece allows the participating musicians extensive solos. On Just Chilin the group shows what they have fun at most, a relaxed interaction.

It's All Good is a fine example for the deep structure of their melodies ranging, settled in the Contemporary Jazz. On Time Machine however the group incorporates Pop and jazz elements to create their special style. The tendency of the band to musical narratives reflects in Alexander's Dream.

One should not forget that the group is primarily a live band and songs like Funky Tuesday and Salsa Jazz are their repertoire. That said is the entertainment value on pieces as Sunshower very high. Simultaneously they offer with Fusion Flight 55 an edgy  counterweight.

Who loves contemporary jazz with elements of rock, is with Silver Skies in good hands.





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Album Information

Title: Silver Skies 25th Anniversary
Artist: Airborne
Year: 2013
Length: 1:04:50
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Heavy Vibes Music


01 Touching The Morning Sun [5:17]
02 Cuban Style [5:29]
03 City Spirits [4:26]
04 BK's Jazz Joint [7:55]
05 Just Chilin [5:19]
06 It's All Good [5:04]
07 Time Machine [5:10]
08 Alexander's Dream [5:50]
09 Funky Tuesday [5:24]
10 Salsa Jazz [4:32]
11 Sunshower [6:04]
12 Fusion Flight 55 [4:20]

Further Reviews:

Heavy Vibes

Winds of Change

New Horizons

Back In The Dayz - Airborne Anthology

Back In The Dayz - Airborne Anthology