Alex Skolnick Trio (Testament) Premiere “Florida Man Blues” Video

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick’s jazz project, the Alex Skolnick Trio, have premiered a new video for their new song “Florida Man Blues.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“It gives me great pleasure to finally release this video. In the two years since we tracked this tune, so much has happened. “We can all use a good dose of solid blues and good humor during these times. I’m grateful to everyone involved, from tracking to filming, especially Adam Dubin, who believed in this song and felt it deserved a video as big as, well… Florida.”

“The blues has always been a big component of my playing, across genres. In high school, BB King was on my turntable as much as Van Halen. And I’ve always loved the lyrical humor of folks like Junior Brown, Frank Zappa and early Tom Waits. ‘Florida Man Blues’ presented an opportunity to fully display these influences for the first time on a recording.”

Testament’s Alex Skolnick To Perform With Code Red Quintet In New York, NY

Testament’s Alex Skolnick has put together a new rock/jazz project called Code Red Quintet. The group, which also features Nathan Peck (Alex Skolnick Trio), Brian Reeder, Steve Kortyka (Lady Gaga), and Erik Kalb (John Scofield, Sharon Jones), will be performing at Chelsea Table + Stage, Hilton Fashion District Hotel in New York on November 5.

Skolnick commented:

“NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Some of you have heard by now, but here’s what’s going on…An offer came my way to play on Fri Nov 5th at a hot new NYC venue looking to fill their calendar, @chelseatableandstage. First thought (of course): @alexskolnicktrio, but our drummer/brother Matt Z was not avail that day. 2nd thought: getting a sub..nah. 3rd thought: Why not throw together a whole new ensemble w AST bassist @nathanpeckbass (playing all electric bass), bring in sax & keys and do a whole new funk/rock/jazz jam project??? Great excuse to explore the 70s side of things I dig so much and play newer tunes of mine like “Code Red,” inspired by such great 70s tunes as “Red Alert” by Tony Williams (yes I know there’s a Rush song with that line, “Distant Early Warning,” no relation) and “Red Baron” (Billy Cobham).

This flavor sets the template for our set (hence our name CODE RED QUINTET). It will also include some of Nate’s tunes from his Funky Electrical Unit and a few arrangements of instrumental classics (Mingus/Jeff Beck for example – hmmm which song could that be?) . Super stoked these guys have come on board with us @saxophonesteve , #erikkalb and #BrianReader, and look forward to some new musical explorations/improvisations. Ticket link in bio.

PS A few words I’m hearing about this place: Swanky. Snazzy. Ritzy. Posh. In other words: GET SPRUCED UP! BRING A DATE! NO MOSH PIT! 😆”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Still Wants To Make “Whiskey Jazz” And “Darker Acoustic” Solo Albums

During a virtual chat with fans during GalaxyCon, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) confirmed that he still wants to make some “whiskey jazz” and “darker acoustic” solo albums. The frontman said the following about that:

“I definitely want to do a jazz album at some point. I talked about it in a couple of different interviews and stuff. But I definitely have a certain style of jazz that I kind of gravitate towards more — like a dirtier size of jazz; the whiskey jazz is what they call it… I definitely still want to do a darker acoustic album. I don’t write stuff like that all the time, and the reason I don’t do that is because it’s so easy for me; I can write that shit in my sleep. I like tripping out on all the genres that I grew up listening to and trying to create some amalgam hybrid that is exciting and kind of pops and gets people into the stuff that I was listening to. Other than that, I don’t know, man. I’ve done it all.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Metallica’s Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo Perform “My Friend Of Misery” With Kamasi Washington

During Kamasi Washington’s July 18 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA, the jazz artist was joined onstage by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo for a performance of Metallica‘s “My Friend Of Misery.“ You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Washington will be releasing a cover of the aforementioned song as part of Metallica’s massive “Black Album” tribute record, “The Metallica Blacklist,” which will be released on September 10 alongside an expanded deluxe edition of the 1991 self-titled album.

Dee Snider, Dream Theater, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. To Be Featured In Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV Special

The Long Island Music Hall Of Fame have announced a special New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV special. The show, which will air on December 31 at 9 p.m. EST on News 12 plus (optimum channel 61), Fios (Verizon channel 530), and Facebook Live, will feature various highlights from past induction ceremonies.

Ernie Canadeo, Long Island Music Hall Of Fame chairman, commented:

“We are thrilled to present many highlights from our past induction ceremonies in this 90-minute presentation, presented by Jovia Financial Credit Union, and benefiting the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s educational and scholarship programs. It is a testament to Long Island’s diverse musical heritage with appearances and performances by so many world-renowned rock, folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and classical artists. This New Year’s Eve presentation represents a finale to 2020 and a new beginning to live events in the new year.”

Zebra’s Randy Jackson will host the show and he had the following to say about it:

“I was very surprised and flattered to be asked to host the 2020 LIMHOF ‘Best Of The Award Galas’. The talent highlighted in this show far exceeds any other ‘regional’ Hall Of Fame, in both diversity and worldwide appeal. Back in 2006, I was asked to induct one of my idols, George Gershwin, into the first class of the LIMHOF. It is an honor to be back again to help present this retrospective!”

Here’s the artists that will be featured:

* Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
* Lords of 52nd Street
* Uniondale High School Show Choir
* Joan Jett
* Jen Chapin / DMC
* Chuck D
* LL Cool J
* Kurtis Blow
* Little Anthony & The Imperials
* Debbie Gibson
* Lou Reed
* Ramones/Chris & Tina
* Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
* David Johansen (New York Dolls)
* Leslie West (Mountain)
* Ritchie Havens
* Billy Joel
* Peter Tork
* Garland Jeffreys
* Eric Bloom/Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
* Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
* Cousin Brucie
* LL Cool J
* Taylor Dayne
* Steven Van Zandt
* Dream Theater
* Lesley Gore / Connie Stevens
* Clive Davis
* Taking Back Sunday
* Good Rats
* Cowsills
* Bowzer and friends

Between The Buried And Me, Plini, & Trioscapes Members Cover Weather Report’s “Teen Town”

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me), Walter Fancourt (Trioscapes), and Chris Allison (Plini) recently teamed up for a cover of Weather Report‘s “Teen Town.“ A video for the track, which has been re-titled “Quaranteen Town,“ can be found below:

[via The PRP]

Helmet’s Page Hamilton Joins Forces With M’lumbo For New Album “Fairytale Aliens”

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 Announces “Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz” New Orleans Show

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.

[via The PRP]

Corey Taylor Says He Is Thinking About Recording A “Dark Jazz” Album With “Jazzy Versions” Of Slipknot & Stone Sour Songs

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]