You know, when you're a metalhead, nothing's more important than an open mind. There should never be limitations to what you can play or listen to. With that said, on a warm September night, I had the privilege of seeing and covering an incredibly special show, and that was the Alex Skolnick Trio at the Garrison, a venue I have not visited before this show. Being the massive Testament fan I am, and with Alex Skolnick being one of my favourite guitarists, I never had the opportunity to see his jazz trio. I also learned that metal publications have covered his jazz shows before, so when the opportunity came up to go see his trio and cover the show, I couldn't refuse it.
The talent displayed by Skolnick and his bandmates: drummer Matt Zebroski and bassist Nathan Peck, sent jaws dropping to the floor as they executed technical jazz tunes and made it look like childsplay. Each song felt like one long improvised jam. It was awe-inspiring. There were moments where Skolnick started to shred and added distortion to his guitar, unleashing his metal side. It's always a fun experience whenever I go to a jazz show. Skolnick and his trio put on an outstanding and mesmerizing performance and I look forward to seeing them again when they return.
Writer, and photographer: Alex Stojanovic
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@ The Garrison
September 9, 2016
Toronto, ON Canada
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO
Alex Skolnick - Guitars
Nathan Peck - Bass
Matt Zebroski - Drums
Label: Skol Productions
The show consisted of two sets and an encore, with originals and covers and there were several different music fans in attendance from metalheads, rock fans, jazz fans, blues fans, you name it. In celebration of their new live album titled Live Unbound, the trio began their set with the album's two opening tracks: "Unbound" and "Culture Shock". They ended the first set with "99/09", which was written as a tribute to Prince, but was written years prior to his passing. The covers the trio performed included Aerosmith's "Dream On", Scorpions' "Still Loving You" and Kiss' "Detroit Rock City", which they renamed to "Toronto Rock City" only for this show. Following "Still Loving You", which started off the second set, they headed into an improv blues jam, which they dedicated to us by naming it the "Toronto Blues".