You knew that many of those noodly thrash-metal virtuosos from the Eighties would stick around in other genres, didn’t you? They’re still out there in jazz combos or writing excessively baroque numbers for symphonies, but the king of this segue is perhaps Alex Skolnick. The brilliant guitarist began his career as a teen prodigy in Testament, one of the most significant early thrash bands. He also played with Clearwater’s Savatage, the Stu Hamm band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and others. Now he’s armed with a BFA in jazz (really!), but he must also have a minor in humor. What... More >>>