In Guitar World magazine’s latest episode of “Shredding With The Alien”, guitar legend Joe Satriani shares his thoughts on the different musical styles he uses in his quest for inspired improvisation.
Satriani released his 15th solo studio album, “Shockwave Supernova”, on July 24, making him one of the first to utilize the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.
Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, California, “Shockwave Supernova” features the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of Satriani’s global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” said Satriani.
The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on “Shockwave Supernova”, as they have on numerous albums — their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, “Not Of This Earth” and its follow- up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed “Surfing With The Alien”.
Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of “Shockwave Supernova”’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts — the driving “Keep On Movin'”, full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano; “In My Pocket”, a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing; along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp); and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) — find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and JANE’S ADDICTION bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).