Cheryl Lynne Skinner | Shades of Blue

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Shades of Blue

by Cheryl Lynne Skinner

EXPERIENCE THE MIRACLE OF CONTEMPORARY M.U.S.E.--- Music Unleashed from Soul Experience. Contemporary CD featuring 11 original instrumental compositions celebrating the joy of flute playing including the seldom-heard bass flute.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Lapis Lazuli
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2. Blue Island
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3. Bluegrass Bop
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4. Sapphire
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5. Indigo-go
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6. Shades of Blue
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7. In A Flute Funk
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8. All Strung Out
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9. Azure Allure
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10. A m.u.s.e.
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11. Morning Doves
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Album Notes
Shades of Blue” is a CD celebrating the “Blues” form and its tone color. The word blue is so rich…. The only true original American Music Form is jazz which is derived from the “Blues” form. In my journey to “find my own voice,” I have traveled and lived in various states in the U.S. but I have always ventured back “home” to my Ky. roots for extended periods of time. In a search for “identity” and following the lead of the Afrilachian Poets, I began to explore everything around me with intense scrutiny. I remembered gospel at Broadway Baptist Church, classical music in high school, Motown as a teen, jazz as an adult professional, Bluegrass & country on the radio and of course the Kentucky Derby (even though I never ride horses). I asked myself: Where am I in all that? For me I kept coming back to the same common denominator, the basics, the “Blues”. Even after researching bluegrass music which uses the banjo as its primary instrument the facts are best expressed in the “Encarta Encyclopedia”:
“ ...In some cases, African musical traditions have blended into American culture with little notice. The “banjo” now associated primarily with bluegrass music popular among white Southerners, was originally an instrument used in African religious ceremonies. Southern slaves adapted the instrument to suit secular (nonreligious) musical styles in the 18th and 19th centuries...”
Ironically, in the 19th century according to the Kentucky Derby Museum in 1875, the first Derby, 11 of the 12 jockeys were African American including the winning jockey, Oliver Lewis. The “Blues” and the African American footprints are imprinted all over Ky. history. I have found a great sense of pride from the African American influences and accomplishments in Ky. Regardless of where I go, “Shades of Blue” is a celebration of my roots and results from seeds planted 40 years ago in my birthplace Winchester, Ky. located in the “Heart of the Bluegrass”. In this project I have made musical tributes to some of the powerful individuals and traditions rooted in Ky. from an African American perspective.

A collection of Contemporary M.U.S.E.
Music Unleashed from Soul Experience

1. All Strung Out-”kool” blues with strings attached
2. A M.U.S.E. - (music unleashed from my soul experience) (2020 blues)
3. Azure Allure - fantasies of the Azure Coast, French Riviera
4. Blue Sonata - weaves the “spiritual” & “worksong” with a motherless theme
5. Ballad of a Blue Lady - melancholy song about a woman’s loneliness
6. Black & Blue - tribute to Kentucky native Muhammad Ali
7. Bluegrass Bop - fusion of bluegrass, blues and funk
8. Blue Island - flavor of Kingston, Jamaica at the foot of the Blue Mountains
9. Derby Blues Run For the Roses -tribute to the African American Jockey
10. In a Flute Funk-tribute to Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef & Hubert Laws
11. Indigo-go –Afro-blue songa
12. Lapis Lazuli – the “Blues” Rock
13. Lil’ Boy Blue - fairytale blues with reggae twist
14. Morning Doves-doves & blue the symbols of peace
15. Out of the Blue - tribute to legendary Kentucky jazz/blues shouter/balladeer “Helen Humes”
16. Sapphire - dedicated to my sister Colette, whose September birthstone suggested the title
17. Shades of Blue - exploring the essence of blue as a tone color (shape, sound & touch)

I choose 11 compositions from the collection to feature on the Shades of Blue CD. Looking forward to releasing Shades of Blue Too! There are detailed composer's notes in the Music Section on my website. Just click on the song title. Please visit


Some of my dearest friends are fellow artists. I happen to love visual art and one day I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I had a visual image for each of the song titles in The Shades of Blue Collection”. I asked two of my visual artist sisters Ashi El-Euroa Bey and Sandra Charles if they would be willing to make this dream come true and they were elated----a collaboration. We had so much fun. We would have these meetings on Bardstown Road where there’s an ice cream parlor and a coffee shop adjacent to each other. If it was cold we went for coffee but it was hot we went for the ice cream. If we were really bad we went for both! I remember at our first meeting I put all the song titles in a basket and let them draw one by one gave them the tape and it was done. Well, almost I added one more tune to the mix, All Strung Out. This is another one of those miracle moments so bear with me. One day I was on the bus and there was another young woman. I can’t recall how we started to chat but we soon realized we were both artists. She gave me her card that included her website address Her work was exquisite as well. I told her about the Shades of Blue project. Although she was working diligently on an upcoming show she agreed to make one piece of art. I gave her the demo tape and the title “All Strung Out”. A preview of the Shades of Blue Art Collection is now in the Memories Section. Images of all these works are also included in the cover booklet for the CD. ENJOY!


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