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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Alex Skolnick: From Jazz to Metal

Alex Skolnick from Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio, is one of the most well grounded guitarists in Heavy Music. He is one of the founders of the legendary Thrash Metal band Testament and in 2002 he started a musical project called the Alex Skolnick Trio. He has also played in bands such as Ozzy Osbourne and has contributed his talent to many musical projects. You may be wondering how can a musician be so good at playing both Jazz and Metal, when the key in Jazz is to play "quietly" and the key in Metal is to play "as loud as it gets." Does guitar legend Joe Satriani have something to do with this? Does BB. King have something to do with this? We had this same questions, so we decided to find out what makes Alex Skolnick such a diverse guitar player. We also talked to Alex about the contributions of the great Ronnie James Dio to Heavy Music. Here are the results:

Live pictures by: Mitchell Damien Maurer
Additional images by: Alex Skolnick, Tom Couture, J.D. Choi and Newsis

Related Links:
Official Site of Alex Skolnick
Official Site of Testament
Official Site of The Alex Skolnick Trio

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