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Alex Skolnick w/ Fusion
Thrash to Hollow Bodied Jazz
“Return To Serenity” (for Nepal)
“Hall Of The Mountain King”
Savatage ’94 Compilation (rough)
Alex w/Elizabeth Warren on Twitter.
10-yrs old w/Brother
Trans Siberian Orchestra
Testament (Slayer/ Megadeath/ Anthrax)
Savatage (Japan ’94)
Conundrum — Original Material
After having introduced his sweeter, more mellow, jazzy self, with interpretations of the hard rock anthems that had been in his musical mind and memory since the start.
Goodbye To Romance
“Detroit Rock City”
1975, ten years old
“Culture Shock” — Country, Chicken Pickin’, hodown
AL DI MEOLA
Time is relative pointing out that the current (modern) lineup, since 2012, has been together longer than the original band.
[Steve Morse with Deep Purple much longer than Ritchie Blackmore]
Energy / Zephyr
“LAZY” — Alex w/Buck Dahrma (Blue Oyster Cult)
GOODBYE TO ROMANCE
“Detroit Rock City” Kiss
“Dream On” Aerosmith
“No One Like You” Scorpions
“Goodbye To Romance” Ozzy Osbourne
“Still Loving You” Scorpions
“Skol Blues” — ALEX
(Sco Blues/John Scofield)
(Warren Haynes/Gov’t Mule)
“Pinball Wizard” The Who
“Ofri” — ALEX
“War Pigs” Black Sabbath
LAST DAY IN PARADISE
Alex Skolnick is both an original member of Bay Area thrashers Testament (which he joined at age sixteen) and a respected New York improviser of multiple styles.
Emerging as one of the original melodic thrash guitarists (alongside Marty Friedman), Alex later moved to New York and earned a BfA in Jazz from The New School, studying with such prestigious artists as George Garzone, Cecil McBee and Reggie Workman.
Now a longtime resident of Brooklyn New York, he has gone on to release several critically acclaimed albums with the Alex Skolnick Trio, described as thus by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski: “Skolnick runs the guitaristic gamut from lush chord melodies to Wes Montgomery-style octaves to screaming Sonny Sharrock-esque skronking” (Downbeat Jan 2017).
In 2005, he reunited with Testament, the impact of which has eclipsed the band’s initial run). When not supporting the likes of Slayer and Megadeth on tour with Testament, Alex can be found headlining The Blue Note in Milan, Agharta in Prague, New York’s Iridium or various elegant venues across the world.
He is also a first call player for jazz/rock projects including the Stu Hamm/Alex Skolnick/Chad Wackerman power trio, Jane Getter Premonition featuring alumni from Pat Metheny Group (Mark Egan) and Miles Davis (Adam Holzman), as well as “Celebrating Allan Holdsworth,” in which Alex is one of several guitarists with the prestigious position of filling in for the late, great innovator at a series of shows with his (Holdsworth’s) touring band.
Alex is also the leader of the critically acclaimed world acoustic project, Planetary Coalition (featuring various international artists from across the globe including Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez).
In 2016, Joe Satriani chose Alex (his former pupil), to be a primary guest instructor at his annual G4 Experience, alongside Eric Johnson, Mike Keneally and Steve Vai, followed by by a stint as the sole guitarist on faculty at Warwick Bass Camp, in which he taught and played alongside Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report) and Dennis Chambers (John Scofield/John McLaughlin).
As an an educator and speaker, Alex has been invited to give keynote addresses at academic events such as Dayton University’s Metal and Cultural Impact conference as well as joining various PhDs at the International Society for Metal Studies in Helsinki.
As a writer, Alex is an editor and contributor to UNBUILT, a biannual lifestyle and cultural magazine that includes his friend and fellow “metal intellectual,” D Randall Blythe (vocalist of Lamb of God). He has also written for The Talkhouse, Guitar World, Guitar Player and other publications.
Alex has his own line of ESP signature guitars and is featured on the back cover of ESP’s 2017 catalogue (Metallica’s James Hetfield is on the front). Whether carefully listening and playing alongside the world’s top instrumentalists or loudly shredding with Testament or Metal Allegiance (the Nuclear Blast signed supergroup of which he’s a core writer and producer), it’s safe to say that Skolnick has found his own niche as a guitarist.
“Though he’s pretty much a household name in heavy metal, Alex defies categorization by musical genre.” (Making Music, Jan 2015).
Chuck Billy (vocals)
Eric Peterson (guitars)
Alex Skolnick (guitars)
Steve Di Giorgio (bass guitar)
Gene Hoglan (drums)
TITANS OF CREATION
1987 Testament The Legacy
1988 Testament The New Order
1989 Testament Practice What You Preach
1990 Testament Souls of Black
1992 Testament The Ritual
1994 Savatage Handful of Rain
1994 Michael Manring Thonk Guitar on “Disturbed” and “Cruel And Unusual”
1995 Savatage Japan Live ’94
1997 The Skol-Patrol Skol-Patrol
1998 Attention Deficit Attention Deficit
2001 Attention Deficit The Idiot King
— Testament First Strike Still Deadly
2002 Alex Skolnick Trio Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation
Stratospheerius Adventures of Stratospheerius
2004 Alex Skolnick Trio Transformation
— Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake Second solo on “Ashes of the Wake”
— Stratospheerius Live Wires Guitar on “Contusion” and “Shock Therapy”
2005 Ofri Eliaz Ya salio de la mar – Ladino Songs co-production, guitars
Numbers from the Beast An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden Lead Guitar on “Wrathchild”
2007 Alex Skolnick Trio Last Day in Paradise
2008 Testament The Formation of Damnation
2011 Alex Skolnick Trio Veritas
2012 Testament Dark Roots of Earth
2014 Alex Skolnick & various artists Planetary Coalition
2015 Metal Allegiance Metal Allegiance
2016 Testament Brotherhood of the Snake
2018 Alex Skolnick Trio Conundrum
2020 Testament Titans of Creation
Azusa Loop of Yesterdays Lead Guitar on “Detatch”
Alphonze Mouzon w/ Larry Coryell
0:03 / 5:16
The Funky Waltz Composed by Alphonse Mouzon ‘Live’ Eleventh House Reunion
The Funky Waltz Composed By Alphonse Mouzon
Eleventh House Reunion Band
THE JAZZ ALLEY IN SEATTLE, WA
SEPT. 8, 2013
LARRY CORYELL — GUITAR
RNDY BRECKER — TRUMPET
ALPHONSE MOUZON — DRUMS
DR. DANNY TRIFAN — BASS
MARC SEALES — KEYBOARDS (Filling in for a Mike Mandel)
PURCHASE CDS AT:
http://www.tenaciousrecords.com/Purch (ALPHONSE MOUZON)
http://www.larrycoryell.net/ (LARRY CORYELL)
http://randybrecker.com/ (RANDY BRECKER)
• “MASTER FUNK”
ALPHONSE MOUZON FUSION BAND “LIVE” IN GERMANY 1976 PLAYS “MASTER FUNK” – COMPOSED BY ALPHONSE MOUZON
ALPHONSE MOUZON – DRUMS, COMPOSER
GARY BARTZ – SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
STU GOLDBERG – ELECTRIC PIANO, MOOG SYNTHESIZER
WELTON GITE – ELECTRIC BASS