Percy Jones: “I related to fretless right away, and I could express myself in a way that I couldn’t do on a fretted bass”

Percy Jones
(Image credit: Avraham Banks)

There are supergroups, and then there is PAKT, named after fretless bass guitar player Percy Jones, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Tim Motzer, and drummer Kenny Grohowski. 

It’s a unique line-up, and fortunately their new, self-titled album lives up to the hype. Jones, a long-time member of fusion band Brand X – famously, once the home of drummer Phil Collins – until his departure in 2020, is on stunning form. As a reminder of why he’s been in demand with Suzanne Vega, Brian Eno, and many other musicians over the years, the new album serves an important purpose.

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