What makes Skolnick so impressive is not necessarily that he made the jump from metal to jazz (he clearly had the talent to do it), it's that he gives himself over to jazz guitar so completely. I might like a little more low frequency in his tone, but that's quibbling. What's obvious is that you have a fantastic guitarist and an excellent band running through tunes that Skolnick has an obvious connection to. It's well worth your emusic credits! Then, go somewhere else to get the next two (since emusic doesn't have them). The version of The Trooper on Alex's second disc, Transformation, is well worth the price of admission.