The opening track of Steve Howe's Skyline sounds like it could have come off a Yes album, with its heraldic synthesizer chords trumpeting a grand entrance while Howe's electric guitar rips out the soa

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 5

The opening track of Steve Howe's Skyline sounds like it could have come off a Yes album, with its heraldic synthesizer chords trumpeting a grand entrance while Howe's electric guitar rips out the soaring melody. But that grandiose intro ("Small Acts of Human Kindness") is a deceptive opening to the newest—and best—album from the longtime Yes guitarist. Instead, Howe creates intricate but less ostentatious orchestrations, over-dubbing multiple guitars, mandolins, Japanese koto, and, on "Moment in Time," the venerable Danelectro Coral sitar. Howe distills his greatest contributions to Yes, intricate, thoughtful improvisations and a frighteningly vast array of tonal colors and techniques, including the C&W-tinged twang of "Shifting Sands," the jazz voicings of "Camera Obscura," and the undulating, entwined feedback lines of "Resonance." Keyboardist Paul Sutin co-composed most of the tunes and tastefully fleshes out the arrangements, but it's Howe's guitar playing that's the star atop this Skyline.—JD