Alex Skol­nick Trio

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Live Un­bound In­de­pen­dent ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Skol­nick came to promi­nence as the lead gui­tarist in Tes­ta­ment, with im­pres­sive shred­ding on his Ibanez. Th­ese days, he pri­mar­ily en­joys clean(ish) gui­tar tones in his trio that leans heav­ily to­wards jazz as this new live al­bum shows. Opener, Un­bound is a mus­cu­lar piece with a slap in­tro rem­i­nis­cent of 80s era Lee Rite­nour with its main melodic phrase’s open drone strings. There’s a slight vibe of the jazzy quar­tet, Four­play (Rite­nour/Carl­ton era) here as re­gards the groove and melody lines. Come solo time, Alex has a great knack of im­ply­ing the chord changes with his lead lines and arpeg­gios. Cul­ture Shock is an ex­cit­ing coun­try train groove with tasty band in­ter­play and nods to­wards mid­dle east­ern modal­ity; this trio plays with real con­vic­tion and author­ity! 99/09 is a crack­ing funk num­ber; imag­ine The Me­ters with big­ger chords and more ag­gres­sive syn­co­pa­tions! To close, a re­worked Aero­smith’s Dream On and The Scor­pi­ons’ Still Lovin’ You are both very im­pres­sive.

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