Alex Skolnick Trio

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The Alex Skolnick Trio is an American jazz music trio comprising the guitarist Alex Skolnick, Matt Zebroski on drums, and Nathan Peck on bass. Previously, John Davis played bass for the group. The Trio is known for its inventive jazz take on hard rock and heavy metal "standards". Alex Skolnick himself is a member of thrash metal band Testament.

Lineup[edit]

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

  • John Davis – upright bass (2001–2003)

Discography[edit]

Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation[edit]

Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation is the debut album by the Alex Skolnick Trio, released on September 14, 2002.

  1. "Detroit Rock City" – 6:27 (Kiss cover)
    • Originally released on the Destroyer album.
  2. "Dream On" – 5:23 (Aerosmith cover)
    • Originally released on the Aerosmith album.
  3. "No One Like You" – 7:37 (Scorpions cover)
    • Originally released on the Blackout album.
  4. "Goodbye to Romance" – 7:18 (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
  5. "Still Loving You" – 9:11 (Scorpions cover)
  6. "Skol Blues" – 8:25
  7. "Pinball Wizard" – 7:47 (The Who cover)
    • Originally released on the Tommy album.
  8. "Ofri" – 6:46
  9. "War Pigs" – 10:33 (Black Sabbath cover)
    • Originally released on the Paranoid album.
  10. "No One Like You" (Live) - UK bonus track

Transformation[edit]

Transformation is the second album by the Alex Skolnick Trio, released on September 14, 2004.

  1. "Transformation" – 5:53
  2. "Electric Eye" – 5:20 (Judas Priest cover)
  3. "Fear Of Flying" – 5:10
  4. "Money" – 5:13 (Pink Floyd cover)
  5. "Both Feet In" – 5:28
  6. "Scorch" (Featuring Charlie Hunter on 8-string guitar)[1] – 7:17
  7. "Blackout" – 5:03 (Scorpions cover)
    • Originally released on the Blackout album.
  8. "IMV/The Trooper" – 5:18 (The Trooper is an Iron Maiden cover)
    • "The Trooper" was originally released on the Piece of Mind album.
  9. "No Fly Zone" – 4:27
  10. "Don't Talk To Strangers" – 6:00 (Dio cover)
  11. "Highway Star" – 6:30 (Deep Purple cover)

Last Day in Paradise[edit]

Last Day in Paradise is an album released on March 15, 2007 by the Alex Skolnick Trio, on the Magnatude Records label. The album was recorded from 10/04/2006 - 10/07/2006.[citation needed]

No. Title Length
1. "Mercury Retrograde"   4:33
2. "Last Day in Paradise"   4:51
3. "Tom Sawyer (Rush cover)"   6:35
4. "Shades of Grey"   6:23
5. "Practica Lo Que Predicas (Practice What You Preach) (Testament cover)"   5:16
6. "The Lizard"   5:17
7. "Channel 4"   4:26
8. "Revelation (Mother Earth) (Ozzy Osbourne cover)"   7:20
9. "Out There Somewhere"   4:48
10. "Western Sabbath Stomp"   5:24

Veritas[edit]

Veritas is the fourth album released on March 29, 2011 by the Alex Skolnick Trio, on the Palmetto Records label. The 11-track album contains nine original compositions, a cover of Metallica's "Fade To Black" and a bonus remix of the song "Bollywood Jam" by Jay Sustain and Nik Chinboukas. The record was produced by Alex Skolnick and recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York.[2]

No. Title Length
1. "Panna"   1:28
2. "Bollywood Jam"   5:23
3. "Song of the Open Road"   6:31
4. "Veritas"   6:12
5. "Fade To Black (Metallica cover)"   7:11
6. "Alone In Brooklyn"   4:24
7. "99/09"   4:34
8. "Path Of Least Resistance"   9:09
9. "Reflections"   5:10
10. "The River Lethe"   4:56
11. "Bollywood Jam - Club Remix Version"   5:42

Songs[edit]

The Trio is known for performing songs written by bands of the Classic rock and Heavy metal variety - what they call "modern standards". They have covered portions of, or the entirety of the following songs, in concert or on record:

Tom Sawyer, The Trooper, Highway Star, Practica lo que predicas (Testament's Practice What You Preach), Goodbye to Romance, Detroit Rock City, Still Loving You, Don't Talk to Strangers, Dream On, No One Like You (which appears twice on the UK version of their debut album, once as a studio recording, and as a bonus last track from a live show), War Pigs, Electric Eye, Money, Blackout, Fade to Black, and Pinball Wizard.

Since their first album, the Trio has shifted to a direction that includes more original material, as half the songs on their second album are original compositions, and only three are covers on their third album. Their fourth album, Veritas, contains only one cover song.

The Trio has covered 3 Scorpions songs to date, and bandleader Alex has called them "our Rodgers and Hammerstein". [1]

Taping policy[edit]

The Trio has an open taping policy. [2]

Notable concerts[edit]

The Trio performed for the first time in New Zealand at the G-TARanaki Guitar Festival in July 2008. Alex was also included in an historic jam session at Vernon Reid's Puke Ariki "Midnight Session" performance alongside Gilby Clarke and Uli Jon Roth.

In 2010 they toured as a support act for Rodrigo y Gabriela.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guitar9 Records, "Transformation" by Alex Skolnick Trio - Artist Credits and Liner Notes
  2. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO: 'Veritas' Preview Video Available