Helmet’s Page Hamilton has joined forces with jazz group M’lumbo to record a new album called “Fairytale Aliens.” That record will be released on March 20. In other news, Hamilton also plans to join M’lumbo onstage at the Bowery Electric in New York, NY on March 21.
Primus frontman Les Claypool will be playing a late night “Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz” show at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, LA on May 3. However, it’s worth noting that the concert will technically take place on May 4 since it starts at 02:00 AM. Claypool will be performing with Mike Dillon, Skerik, Stanton Moore.
During a chat with RadioVegas.Rocks’s “Chaotic Radio”, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) was asked if he would ever consider recording country music. The singer responded by saying “fuck no,” but did add that he would consider doing a “dark jazz” album.
Taylor said the following when asked about the possibility of going country:
“No. Even coming from Iowa — fuck no! Absolutely not. And it’s not to say that I couldn’t write stuff like that. My interest would be more singer-songwriter kind of vibe, like SQUEEZE or something like that. Or — and I’ve actually been thinking about doing something like this — putting together a quartet or a quintet and doing a jazz album, like a dark jazz album, [and] recording it live in a room. It won’t sell shit. It would really just be for my own fucking personal collection… ‘Cause I love jazz. A lot of people don’t realize that — I listen to a lot of ’40s and ’50s jazz. And there is this… the haunting stuff that [Billie] Holiday would do, the older stuff that Charlie Parker would do, when he was really fucked up — that would be the stuff that I would be closer to. And I’ve got, actually, jazzy versions of some of my own songs that I would love to try. Probably something like ‘Prosthetics’ [by SLIPKNOT], I think would be really, really cool. And then ‘Bother’ — I’ve got a really cool jazzy version of ‘Bother’ that could be really cool.”
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick’s jazz project, the Alex Skolnick Trio, have premiered a new video for their song “Culture Shock.” This track is from the band’s new album “Conundrum,” which was released today (September 7).
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced that his jazz project the Alex Skolnick Trio will release their new album “Conundrum” on September 7. The effort will feature nine tracks including six composed by Skolnick, one composed by bassist Nathan Peck and one composed by drummer Matt Zebroski. It will also come with an interpretation of French composer Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1.” The first single “Culture Shock” can be streamed below:
Skolnick said the following about the album title:
“It represents the sense of confusion many of us are feeling in the midst of the strangest sociopolitical upheavals of our lifetimes. This album captures many styles in an effort to channel that angst into art and inspire others to do likewise.”
“Conundrum” Track Listing:
02. “Django Tango”
04. “Gymnopédie, No. 1”
05. “Culture Shock”
06. “Dodge The Bambula”
07. “Key Of Sea”
08. “A Question Of Moral Ambiguity”
09. “Protect The Dream”
09/09 Chicago, IL – Reggies
09/12-13 New York, NY – Iridium
09/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Baked Potato (with Stu Hamm)
09/16 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
10/17 The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
1018 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
10/20 McKinney, TX – The Guitar Sanctuary
Korn bassist Fieldy was recently interviewed by Weld For Birmingham, and was asked about his jazz fusion solo album “Bassically,” which is almost complete. You can see what he had to say about that below.
“I’ve been working on it. I’m actually almost finished. I’m having Marco, who’s our sound guy and who is also a mixer, he’s going to mix my bass album in November. I’m doing some final touches on it. So that’ll be out. It’s a musically ride. It’s all instrumental. I play 15-string bass, fretless basses — every kind of bass you can think of, Fender jazz, whatever.
I don’t even know if we could name all the basses I played on there. It takes you on a ride. Jazz fusion, punk, Latin, blues, reggae… I don’t even know if I even left any style of music out. As much as I could put on there. That’s how it is. It’s just an instrumental album.”
He also added:
“To write it, my inspiration was probably my wife Dena. She was like, “You should put a bass album out.” And then I really thought about it. And if you go back in time to my inspiration in my early days, I listened to a lot of Stanley Clarke. And then from there on, I got into a lot of Flea. And I started really listening to some of these great bands — if you’re not listening for it, you don’t really know how great a lot of those bass players are unless you listen.
For example, a lot of classic rock bands I listened to as a kid — now, I was like, “Wait, I just found the Eagles on the bass, rippin’! Or Led Zeppelin! Led Zeppelin gets to rippin’ on bass! You hear these great tones that as a kid, I’d never really listened to. And now, I’m like starting to listen and trip out on it.”