Percy Jones Alex Skolnick Kenny Grohowski Tim Motzer are playing together in the
studio in most awkward covid-19 circomstances. Still they manage to make one of the most intriguing records I heard during the last weeks. Their improvised music with two guitars (one electric and one semi-acoustic), a bass guitar and drums, takes you away
on a trip of beautiful sounds, complex rhythm paterns and great instrumental playing. These musicians are all seasoned and versatile with backgrounds that go from heavy metal to avant-garde with one common crossroad: jazz, fusion and improvisation. They build
soundscapes and create climaxes full of tension. Skolnick has a beautiful tone that is miles away from the thrashy riffs he plays with Testament. Percy Jones has a lot more freedom than he has in Brand X and develops a stunning interaction with drummer Kenny
Grohowski. Tim Mortzer completes the sound image with his semi-acoustic guitar and electronics. This album was recorded live in the studio and is devided in two chapters. 'The Unsilence' on cd1 has five long pieces which make a great listen, showing its greatness
more and more with every spin. 'The Sacred Ladder' is a collection of seven pieces with a lot of sparkle and inventiveness. Some passages remind of the glissando guitar sounds of Steve Hillage. This release is available as a 2cd or in digital format (top quality!).
Along this double album come two live recordings that are only available in digital form: 'Live In Pawling, July 22, 2021' (7 tracks) and 'Live In Kennett Square' (8 trakcs). Highly recommended!
JONES: fretless bass guitar
ALEX SKOLNICK: guitars
KENNY GROHOWSKI: drums
TIM MOTZER: guitars, electronics
Excerpt of the liner notes by Mark
Sullivan (contributor to All About Jazz):
'PAKT is made up of fretless bass guitarist Percy Jones, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Tim Motzer, and drummer Kenny Grohowski. They are all very experienced
players. 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. Motzer has 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. Welsh bassist Jones (long time a New York resident) is known for his tenure in the jazz fusion group
Brand X, collaborations with Suzanne Vega, as well as extensive studio work (especially with Brian Eno). Grohowski's recent associations include Imperial Triumphant, John Zorn, Brand X, Felix Pastorius & the Hipster Assassins.'