Frank Kohl – Solitude

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. During this time, Kohl had easy access to NYC and all the jazz clubs NY had to offer. One of the clubs Kohl frequented was Rapsins, which presented free-flowing cutting-edge jazz of the highest level. Players like guitarist Linc Chamberland, bassist Lynn Christie, and saxophonist Dave Liebman were regulars at Rapsins. Kohl eventually became a student of Linc’s and bandmate with Linn’s.

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.

Kohl’s latest offering, 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.

Solitude is available in all stores.

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