| Title – ‘Solitude’
Artist – Frank Kohl
For those not in the know, Frank Kohl has had a lifetime refining the art of jazz guitar. Born and raised in New York, Kohl began playing guitar at age eight.
Initially drawn to the pop music of the day like the Beatles and then playing and learning from the rock and blues musicians of that period.
It was time for a change, and at age sixteen, Kohl discovered the music of Wes Montgomery and began his path into jazz guitar. Fortunately, Kohl’s high school had one of the nation’s top Jazz Big Bands, and he began playing and learning with them.
From 72’ – 76’ Kohl attended and graduated from Berklee College Of Music. At this time, Frank was exposed to fellow students like Pat Metheny and John Scofield and teachers like Gary Burton.
After graduation, Frank headed back to NY and began performing regularly. In the mid-’80s, Kohl recorded his first album Reform with The Frank Kohl Quartet. The LP featured NY bassist Michael Moore. At the time, Michael was with pianist Bill Evans.
Kohl then packed up and headed west to California’s Bay Area. Always playing and staying musically active, Kohl landed a spot with Don McCaslin Senior’s band Warmth.
He was with Don for seven years, and at the time, Don’s son Donny McCaslin, a young tenor player who was also on the bandstand.
To date, Kohl has six CDs as a leader to his credit. Three of his CDs include NY bassist Steve LaSpina, who has played and recorded with Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Marian McPartland, and countless others.
Kohl’s last CD, The Crossing, featured LaSpina and guitarist John Stowell, an internationally recognized guitarist, clinician, and jazz innovator and his brand new, and seventh album, Solitude is out now.
1. ‘Dreams in Color’ (4:07) (Frank Kohl)
Kohl’s latest offering, the aforementioned Solitude, is a lifelong goal of recording a solo guitar CD.
Absorbing the solo guitar approaches of greats like Joe Pass, Martin Taylor, John Stowell, among others. Kohl has found his own voice in this challenging medium and pays reverence to the solo guitar idiom so cherished in the jazz canon.
On an album where if you just push play on the CD and sit back in your comfy chair, closing you eyes to allow yourself to drift off with Kohl’s musical background, his tapestry here of 13 tracks, all coming together to sound like one long evenings breeze is as calming, as ornately sculptured, and as reassuringly mellow and gorgeous as any music you would have ever wished to accompany your trip into slumber.