August 17, 2004

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There is some new sonic territory in the covers; from the fiery Middle Eastern section in DEEP PURPLE's "Highway Star", to the Latin acoustic flavor of DIO's "Don't Talk To Strangers". Similarly, the originals cover a wide range of styles: from Alex's ethereal ballad "Fear Of Flying", to the surf/blues of "Both Feet In" (penned by drummer Matt Zebroski) and Alex's creative composition and title track, "Transformation", which combines a driving rock beat with jazz harmony, a rock guitar solo section and a haunting, catchy melody sung by all three members. This melody is enhanced by the cello of special guest Dave Eggar (who has recently played with such jazz greats as Michael Brecker and Dianne Reeves). Another special guest, Grammy nominee Charlie Hunter, comes aboard on his eight-string guitar/bass hybrid for Alex's funk/jazz composition, "Scorch". Sound samples are available at this location.

"Transformation" track listing:

01. Transformation (5:53)
02. Electric Eye (5:20)
03. Fear Of Flying (5:10)
04. Money (5:13)
05. Both Feet In (5:28)
06. Scorch (7:17)
07. Blackout (5:03)
08. IMV / The Trooper (5:18)
09. No Fly Zone (4:27)
10. Don’t Talk To Strangers (6:00)
11. Highway Star (6:30)

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