Skyjack to launch second album with a gig at Sec’s Place

2018-11-01 06:00
Skyjack will perform in Gugulethu on Sunday.

Skyjack will perform in Gugulethu on Sunday.

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Award winning jazz collective, Skyjack, featuring some of the most sought after jazz stars from South Africa and Switzerland, will release their sophomore album, The Hunter in South Africa at a gig in Gugs this Sunday.

To be held at at Kwa Sec NY 138-52 from 3pm, the band comprises of three South Africans and two members from Switzerland.

All critically-acclaimed in their own right, Skyjack’s sum is as great as it’s parts.

Shane Cooper (double bass), Kyle Shepherd (piano) and Kesivan Naidoo (drums, now based in Europe) have each received the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz award.

Swiss musicians, Marc Stucki (tenor saxophone) and Andreas Tschopp (trombone) are two of Switzerland’s most in-demand horn players who have attained dizzying creative and professional heights over the years.

On the rare occasion that the full band is able to convene, each member contributes compositions to the project, which is then performed by the collective.

This is a critical distinction to be noted for Skyjack - that the performances are collaborative, but the songwriting is an individual contribution, credited to each musician where necessary.

Shane Cooper notes: “The sound is an absolute power house, from deep African grooves to heavy-hitting jazz rides and beautiful soundscapes. It’s all part of the incredible journey that is Skyjack”

The band recorded their debut self-titled album in Switzerland in 2015, which received rave reviews across the globe.

Their new release, The Hunter was recorded in Maur, Switzerland early 2018, at a studio that had the honour of hosting the likes of Tina Turner and Prince in previous years.

The album will be digitally released to the international market early 2019, through legendary German label Enja’s imprint Yellowbird Records.

The physical release has been pressed and made available exclusively for the South African market, to be purchased on the upcoming Skyjack national tour.

The tour comprises eight show dates, ranging from free shows and jazz festivals to more formal performances at highly regarded venues in multiple cities.

The previous Skyjack shows were sold out. Tickets cost R100 at the gate. For more information call Luvuyo at 060 960 8935

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