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Radio & Podcasts

Erik Escobar, Steve Hunt, Michael Manring, Alex Skolnick and much more

Read "Erik Escobar, Steve Hunt, Michael Manring, Alex Skolnick and much more" reviewed by Len Davis

Tracks from Steve Hunt's Attraction and Sixun's Nouvelle Vague plus, Attention Deficit with Michael Manring, the Alex Skolnick Trio, Third Rail with George Whitty and Dave Holland.Playlist Elektrik Market “Attraction" from Attraction (Spice Rack) 00:00 Sixun “Mo Moustic No Frog" from Nouvelle Vague (Birdology) 06:51 Attention Deficit “American Jingo" from The Idiot King (Magna Carta) 13:59 Michael Manring “Cruel and Unusual" from Thonk (High Street) 20:53 Alex Skolnick Trio “Scorch" from Transformation (Magnatude) 27:56 Cosmosquad “The Scene" from ...


Radio & Podcasts

Alex Skolnick, Nicklas Brannstrom, Samo Salamon, adam Holzman and more

Read "Alex Skolnick, Nicklas Brannstrom, Samo Salamon, adam Holzman and more" reviewed by Len Davis

New and recent music from Alex Skolnick, The Mad Lab, Nicklas Brannstrom and The Fat Suit. Plus, more from Adam Holzman with The Last Gig and guitarist Samo Salamon from his album Almost Alone Vol 1.Playlist Alex Skolnick “Conundrum" from Conundrum (Palmetto) 00:00 The Mad Lab “The Maze in the Mind" from Design of Experiments (Self Produced) 07:33 Nicklas Brannstrom “Cloudinium" from Circle of Silence (Self Produced)15:13 Fat Suit “Mombasa" from Waifs and Strays (Equinox) 22:43 Samo Salamon ...


Live Review

PAKT at ShapeShifter Lab

Read "PAKT at ShapeShifter Lab" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

PAKT ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn, New York August 15, 2020 For their live stream concert from Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Tim Motzer, fretless bass guitarist Percy Jones and drummer Kenny Grohowski followed New York's pandemic guidelines: they wore masks and maintained a six-foot social distance. So retroactively, organizer Leonardo Pavkovic dubbed the group PAKT. They are all very experienced players. Skolnick is best known as the lead guitarist in the thrash metal band ...


Album Review

Alex Skolnick: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Despite his best efforts, guitarist Alex Skolnick remains a novelty in the exclusive jazz community. Why he should care though is another question, given that as a thrash metal guitarist, he probably sold more records than Miles Davis. His decision to be reborn as a jazz player has been well documented, as has his movement to create a new set of standards based on the hard rock oeuvre. His second album continues this effort with the inclusion of material by ...


Album Review

Alex Skolnick Trio: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by John Kelman

Call me a jazz bigot. When I received Transformation by Alex Skolnick, apparently the ex-guitarist for thrash metal-heads Testament, my first thought was, “Great, another rocker trying to be a jazzer." Things didn't get better when I saw that Skolnick was interpreting material by Judas Priest, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and--yes--Ronnie James Dio. Sure, plenty of serious jazz artists have approached contemporary singer/songwriters in recent years--Brad Mehldau, Charlie Hunter, even Herbie Hancock. But metal bands? I mean, ...


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