PAKT is made up of fretless bass guitar icon Percy Jones, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Tim Motzer, and drummer Kenny Grohowski. They are all very experienced players. Welsh bassist Jones (a New York resident) is known for his tenure in the jazz fusion group Brand X, as well as extensive studio work with Brian Eno, Suzanne Vega, David Sylvian. Skolnick is best known as the lead guitarist in the thrash metal band Testament; he went on to freelance work, playing jazz with his Alex Skolnick Trio, and experimenting with World Music and Progressive Rock. Grohowski is one of the busiest drummers in business, and his recent associations include John Zorn, Brand X, Imperial Triumphant, Kilter, Felix Pastorius & Hipster Assassins, John Medeski, Lonny Plaxico, Tony Levin, Beledo, Markus Reuter, and many others. Motzerhas a long background in free improvisation as well, including the bands Bandit65 (with fellow guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel) and Orion Tango, plus many other recorded collaborations for his 1k Recordings label.
PAKT recalls the fearless attitude and daring approach that originally defined progressive music: where the magic of the moment always triumphed over preconception. Templates be damned ... this music blazes its own path! This is truly exquisite fare, serving as a reminder to aficionados of what initially drew them to this most creative, visionary of genres.
Recorded live at the ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, August 15, 2020, during the lockdown. Mixed and mastered by Benjamin Schäfer and Markus Reuter Mastered by Fabio Trentini and Markus Reuter.
PAKT is performing 4 shows next month to promote their release.
JULY 22 - PAWLING, NY (Daryl's House Club) LIVE STREAMING!
JULY 23 - KENNETT SQUARE, PA (Kennett Flash Rooftop Series)
JULY 24 - BROOKLYN, NYC, NY (ShapeShifter Lab) LIVE STREAMING!
JULY 25 - SELLERSVILLE, PA (Sellersville Theater) LIVE STREAMING!
PRE-ORDER this 116 minutes long cosmic sonic voyage: HERE