Album Review of
The Crossing

Written by Joe Ross
January 12, 2020 - 10:55pm EST
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A conversation of two guitars and bass can cover many musical moods, and we’re not disappointed on “The Crossing” as guitarist Frank Kohl teams up with internationally renowned guitarist John Stowell and New York bassist Steve LaSpina. No drummer in the mix gives the project a relaxed easy-listening groove, especially nice for late-night music or for unwinding with a glass of wine after a stressful day. The guitarists tap all of their instruments’ melodic, chordal and rhythmic functions on tunes like Jobim’s “O Grande Amour” and Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.” On the former, LaSpina’s bowed improvisations are full of character.  Impeccable tone and a warm approach are found in Kohl’s five self-penned compositions, with “Sojourn” and “New Moon” being favorites. “Middle of Nowhere” is a nine-minute journey with mesmerizing picking. With their warm, controlled sound, the trio emphasizes a melodic feeling that’s also very rhythmic and accessible. The trio has nice chemistry, and their album has a warm aesthetic that’s gentle, yet expressive.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)