Not every supergroup works. Sometimes, when you put really talented people together, they do the musical equivalent of people talking over each other, and the end result is confusing and less than a sum of its parts. When you put together Jimmy Pitts (Scholomance, Eternity’s End), Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Paul Gilbert, so many more), Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager (Fountainhead, Nader Sadek, Obscura) and Jerry Twyford (Scholomance), that’s a very impressive line-up and at a glance this project could go anywhere. Well, it goes to amazing places full of jazz fusion and old-school progressive metal. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Me and fellow editor Nick are always on the lookout for more jazz fusion. A lot of progressive metal has jazz influences, but those usually feel more like metal with jazz on the side, whereas pure jazz metal is hard to find. Enter Pitts Minnemann Project, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an instrumental prog/jazz fusion project featuring Jimmy Pitts of Scholomance and Marco Minnemann of, well, every band ever (Necrophagist, Ephel Duath, Joe Satriani and more). Also in the lineup are Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager on guitar (including fretless guitar, which he also played on the latest Obscura album) and Jerry Twyford (Scholomance). Excited yet? Well, their new track “Imaginary Numbers” off their upcoming crowd-funded album The Psychic Planetarium is a delightful jazz piece with tasteful sax and trumpet usage. I mean, can it be any more enticing?