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Alex Skolnick Trio @ The Knitting Factory (4/13/2007)

It’s clear to many that Alex Skolnick is a very busy guitarist because not only is he a founding member of Bay Area Thrashers Testament, but he also is a regular member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. When he is not delivering smoldering Metal or Holiday Cheer he is kicking it back with his Jazz Trio. We caught them at a performance in NYC recently and those who wish to see more can scroll past the logo below.

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Artist: Alex Skolnick Trio
Venue: The Knitting Factory (New York, NY)
Opener: Kelly Rudick
Date: 4/13/2007
Label: Magnatude Records

Tonight was going to be something different and a welcome change at that from all the non-stop Metal events that have been passing through New York City. By now I am sure that every Metal fan on the planet knows that Alex Skolnick, legendary Testament guitar slinger and member of the juggernaut known as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has a Jazz trio. Simply labeled The Alex Skolnick Trio, these guys deliver quite a treat for all fans of music and not only the jazz contingent. Alex and Company first gained notoriety for taking Heavy Metal classics such as “Detroit Rock City” and “No One Like You” and morphing them around with a unique and competent Jazz twist. A crazy idea one would think at first but when you hear it recorded and then witness it live you see just how well it actually works. In 2002, the Trio released their first album “Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation” and it primarily focused on the cover renditions with a couple of originals thrown in for good measure. Fast forward to 2007 on this Friday the 13th where the group would be performing a special set at the intimate Tap Bar section of the Knitting Factory. This is the club beneath the main space and it offers the perfect setting for a group like this and allows you to be right up close to the action if you choose to do so. I caught Green Carnation here when they passed through and for certain groups this is a great space to perform on. Tonight would be a special gig as I said because they were celebrating the release of their third CD entitled “Last Day In Paradise”.
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“Transformation” by Alex Skolnick Trio

Artist: Alex Skolnick Trio
Title: “Transformation”
Label: Magnatude Records
Release Date: 9/14/2004
Genre: Jazz
Rating: 8/10

Guitarist Alex Skolnick has returned with another unique CD that takes well-known Heavy Metal standards and converts them into jazz compositions. Many will immediately recognize Mr. Skolnick from his stellar guitar work in Testament years ago as well as his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s East Cost touring company. At first listen you might not recognize some of the tunes until a signature riff or key chord comes into play. I admit that even I took additional listens to it making sure I was in the mode of what the group was trying to deliver. This is really a well-done piece and the level of musicianship from Alex alone makes it worth picking up. While I am not a scholar of the jazz guitar, it certainly shows the skill Alex has and he really placed some effort into making this an interesting CD.
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