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Jeff Kollman

Jeff Kollman - Into The Unknown - 1995 - Legato

Into The Unknown features fourteen awesome cuts of instrumental hard rock, shred and fusion axework that spotlights Jeff Kollman's talent like no other recorded work to date. Fist-pumpers such as "The Test Continues" and "Battle Scars" alternate with extended preludes such as "Homage To Orf" and the title track, as Kollman serves notice that he is a fiery player to be reckoned with. The CD also features touches of classical and jazz in spots. Kollman is a very versatile guitarist with a powerful sound and style and he manages to strike just the right balance between chops and songwriting. Into The Unknown also includes the heavyweight rhythm section of Kevin Chown on bass and brother Tommy Kollman on drums. © Dan Avinchey-Guitar 9 records

The brilliant Toledo, Ohio born guitarist, Jeff Kollman is now a well known and in-demand session player in the extremely tough L.A session scene. He has toured and recorded with artists that include UFO (replacing the legendary Michael Schenker), Lyle Lovett, Linda McCartney, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Pocaro, Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, and the Yellowjackets. He has been a member of several bands including Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, the Euro metal band, Edwin Dare, and the magnificent fusion band, Cosmosquad. He has released several great albums including “Guitar Screams Live!”, and “Shedding Skin”. Dave Murnen, vocalist and percussionist with the Toledo rock group the Pillbugs said that. “Jeff’s probably one of the most versatile guitarists I know. He can sit in with your best jazz, best rhythm and blues, best rock and roll, and best classical guys. We were all in garage bands and we always tried to get Jeff to sit in with us, but he wouldn't have anything to do with us because he was so far superior. He used to sit in his room and play classical music until 2 a.m. and then he'd do his homework and go to bed. He's just a phenomenal guitar player.” Mark Mikel, the leader of the Pillbugs, said recently, “I don't even know what he can do now, it's been so long since I've seen him play. “I figure he can do anything. It's not a question of what can he do. It's what can't he do? Probably nothing.” “Into The Unknown” is typical of Jeff’s eclectic playing and is a brilliantly played instrumental musical stew of jazz, hard rock, and fusion and HR by A.O.O.F.C. Jeff Kollman is still one of the great unheralded guitarists in the rock and fusion scene today. Listen to JKB’s “Bleeding The Soul” album and Cosmosquad’s incredible “Live at The Baked Potato” album and support real music. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 110 Mb]


1 Homage To Orf 1:56
2 Battle Scars 3:56
3 Into The Unknown 1:28
4 Vealkut 2:23
5 Dreamin In Lydian 3:26
6 Sole Searching 3:02
7 Playa De Guitar 3:48
8 Memories Of Jenkins 3:34
9 A Thousand Faces 5:44
10 The Test Continues 4:02
11 Turnaround 3:19
12 Lester’s Shuffle 3:11
13 Neo ‘80s Mumbo Jumbo 1:38
14 Feel The Changes 4:01

All tracks composed by Jeffery Kollman


Jeff Kollman – All Guitars, Guitar Synth, Bass on Tracks 4,5,10
Kevin Chown – 4 & 6 String Bass
Chris Virzi – Keyboards on Track 7
Dale Grisa – Keyboards on Track 9
Tommy Kollman RIP – Drums
Dennis Sheridan – Percussion on Track 7


Jeffrey "Jeff" Kollman is an American guitar player from Toledo, Ohio, best known for his work with Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, UFO off-shoot Mogg/Way and progressive rock trio, Cosmosquad. He has worked extensively with contemporary jazz keyboardist Lao Tizer, played live with bassist/vocalist Marco Mendoza and is currently a member of Asia Featuring John Payne. Kollman has worked as a session guitarist, producer, songwriter, and actor. He has written music for movies and TV, including a commercial which ran during the 2007 Super Bowl. He is the owner and operator of Marmaduke Records, which has released the bulk of his albums. Kollman has been a Los Angeles resident since 1997 where he lives with his family. Inspired by bands including Kiss and Van Halen, and guitarist Randy Rhoads, Kollman began playing guitar at 12 years old. He made his recording debut at 14, after joining Ohio hardcore punk band The Stain. The Stain was featured on 1984's The Sounds of Hollywood #3 compilation and issued a full-length album, I Know the Scam, in 1986, both on L.A.-based label Mystic Records. In 1987, Kollman formed the metal band VXN with his brother and drummer Tommy Kollman, vocalist Bryce Barnes and bassist Nep Sindel, and self-released a 6-song mini-LP in 1987. The band morphed into Edwin Dare in 1990 with the addition of bassist Kevin Chown. Edwin Dare toured around the Midwest area and released three albums between 1992 and 1998. During this time, Kollman also released three solo albums. After the demise of Edwin Dare, Kollman and Chown continued to collaborate on various projects, including Crumb Bros., JKB (Jeff Kollman Band) and, most notably, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. Kollman moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1995, where he worked as a session musician for Linda McCartney, Lyle Lovett, Wayman Tisdale and others. There he crossed paths with MSG drummer Shane Gaalaas and bassist Barry Sparks, with whom he formed the all-instrumental progressive rock trio, Cosmosquad. In 1997, the group released their eponymous debut, the first of three studio albums to date. In 1998, Kollman filled in for Sparks on bass for MSG on their G3 tour of Europe. That year, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records contacted Kollman to help write and record the Permanent Mark album with Artension vocalist John West. This led to Jeff teaming up with the core of the classic UFO line-up, as Mogg/Way, for the 1999 Chocolate Box album. Kollman and UFO vocalist Phil Mogg reunited, as $ign Of 4, for another album collaboration, Dancing with St. Peter, released in fall 2002. In 2003, after a UK tour with $ign of 4, Kollman began working with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (of Deep Purple fame) in a short-lived, pop-oriented trio named Shape 68. He also produced, co-wrote and played guitar for Hughes' 2003 hard rock album Songs in the Key of Rock and would become Hughes' new touring guitar player. Also in 2003, Kollman co-produced the HTP 2 project, featuring Hughes and former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner. In 2005, Kollman filled in for UFO bassist Pete Way for the duration of the band's U.S. summer tour. He earned his SAG card with a part in the Hank Garland biographical movie Crazy, portraying guitarist Barry Galbraith. In 2007, Kollman, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and keyboardist Ed Roth, who had met playing with Glenn Hughes, formed an all-instrumental band inspired by their shared love of 70's funk rock and fusion. Still unnamed at the time, the group, rounded out by Kollman's former Edwin Dare bandmate Kevin Chown on bass, debuted at the 2008 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The band became Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats upon the release of their debut album, Meat the Meatbats, in 2009. More Meat followed in 2010, and a live recording, Live Meat and Potatoes, in 2012. Returning to the UK, Kollman appeared at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, by special invitation of Lord March, playing the Star Spangled Banner on the roof of Goodwood House on the 4th of July; Brian May of Queen also performed. In spring 2012, Kollman released Silence in the Corridor, his first studio solo album in more than a dozen years. The album's title track is a tribute to Gary Moore, and the title was inspired by Moore's 1982 solo album, Corridors of Power. In the early morning hours of December 15, 2012, Kollman's brother Tommy was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. A memorial concert event was held on the brothers' old stomping grounds in South Toledo, Ohio, on May 24 and 25, 2013, with Cosmosquad headlining. Kollman released a digital single, "Brother to Brother", as a tribute in July 2013.

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