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Alex Skolnick Trio

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The Alex Skolnick Trio was born in 2001. A former heavy metal guitar hero with the San Francisco based group Testament, Alex had decided to leave the Bay Area, move to New York, soak up the jazz scene and go back to school to earn his music degree from New School University.
It was here that he met a young drum prodigy named Matt ‘Zebar’ Zebroski who, as it turned out, had been a Testament fan as a youth in Pittsburgh.

The two began rehearsing regularly with a bassist, practicing standards and reviewing homework assignments. Around this time, Alex had a dream in which he heard a beautiful melody played as bossa nova and upon waking up, realized it was ‘No One Like You’ by the 80’s hard rock band The Scorpions. When he brought the idea to the other guys, there was a certain absurdity to the idea.

Could a tune that was originally performed with distorted guitars, electric bass and a drum set the size of a spaceship translate to archtop guitar, upright bass and a drum kit small enough to carry on the New York Subway System? With a chuckle, they thought they’d give it a try and quickly realized they’d hit upon a magic formula. This tune felt as natural as any jazz standard, except that the melody was engrained in their souls from years of listening. Within a few weeks, the trio had versions of Kiss, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, the Who and more, as well as original compositions and were covering a wide range of musical styles: swing, funk, latin and occasional moments of sheer metal/avant garde intensity.

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  • NicolaSkynyrd

    Alex Skolnick é na minha opinião o melhor guitarrista do Thrash, e foi o melhor aluno do Joe Satriani.

    15 May 1:21am Reply
  • Aiwa-Lee

    Ted Mosby on the contrabass anyone?

    13 Feb 6:35pm Reply
  • okcesar

    Vale la pena apreciar un músico ecléctico como Skolnick.

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • jackinjake

    Can someone recommend something in a similar style to this (but not too similar) that's equally as good? I need more jazz fusion in my life.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TehGrandMystery

    "It doesn't matter if Alex Skolnick is low-skilled, it's not about skill, it's about music, and his music is really great." Judging from that, you must like this band, so don't be a fool taking under consideration such trash talk and have decency to tell the moron that he's wrong instead of saying "maybe you're right, but I like it".

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Frank-Oliver

    Another great "crossover" from rock into jazz. If you like rock classics arranged in jazz style try the "Hell's Kitchen" album by german jazz rap band "Jazzkantine"

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • drbeatdownclown

    These guys deserve way more plays than they have.

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Branimir_OS

    this trio is the most refreshing thing I have heard in years. veritas is amazing.

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • joecubbie

    The coolest jazz trio...ever.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • sG4RYt

    Skolnick low skilled? you obviously dont know what youre talking about

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Va_Gabs

    The must awesome thing in the musical industry.

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • punchocolate

    dariogl - you're completely right!

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dariogl

    It doesn't matter if Alex Skolnick is low-skilled, it's not about skill, it's about music, and his music is really great.

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • nekultura

    bollywood jam is really cool

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • punchocolate

    MusicMagic7 - you must be joking.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • The_Thomas

    Veritas is amazing!

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Bluestay

    Viva Skolnick!

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • LoCker1234

    spectacular, amazing, incredible, fantastic!

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • RilesBell

    Still no leak.

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Fahrenheit1221

    It came out March 29th, where the hell is it?

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
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