ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO
Alex Skolnick, the guitarist and composer who helped define thrash metal as a founding member of Testament, before establishing himself on the international jazz scene, returns to the Van Dyck on Friday January 11, 2019.
Conundrum, his new release, is in many ways Skolnick’s most intimate record yet. It is the trio’s first new studio album since 2011’s Veritas, and it features original music almost exclusively, with six compositions by Skolnick, one apiece by bassist Nathan Peck and drummer Matt Zebroski, and a gorgeous interpretation of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1.” The multi-layer, multi-section songs that resulted are, in a word, sweeping—and include plenty for guitar heads to dig into after all.
Born in 1968 and raised in the Bay Area, Skolnick was still a teenager when he made heavy-metal history on Testament’s essential debut, The Legacy. The band remained a major touring act in heavy music. Most recently Testament has been hitting arenas and amphitheaters as part of Slayer’s blockbuster “Final World Tour.”
Skolnick immersed himself in jazz at Manhattan’s venerable New School. It was there that he dug even deeper into recordings by Miles, Trane, Wes, Jim Hall, Scofield, Metheny and more; studied with jazz greats like saxophonist George Garzone and bassist Reggie Workman; and formed his trio, which debuted on record in 2002 with Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation.
And while Testament continues to thrive, it’s the trio and its repertoire that Skolnick can see growing old with. “These days I still love playing screaming, loud guitar and heavy metal, though I don’t think I’m going to be one of these guys who’s past social-security age and in a rock band and touring,” he says. “But I can see myself doing these songs with the trio for many years to come.”
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Stu Hamm Band, Metal Allegiance): GUITAR
Matt Zebroski (Brother Josephus, Daisy Joplin): DRUMS
Nathan Peck (Maynard Ferguson, Maria Maldaur): BASS
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Video from new album Conundrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHFv2xGrH6g
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (live video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F5lbWissR4
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (live video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj0PTucbsMw
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO (live video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-gqmetYqxk
Alex Skolnick Trio "Electric Eye" (Judas Priest): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6WRMwU5uHo