Since he was a landlocked Dallas, Texas kid, beach culture has held a tropical mystique for Kolumbo composer, arranger, keyboardist Frank LoCrasto. Family trips documented by camcorder videos, featuring slinky jazz-fusion soundtracks are etched in the Brooklyn-based artist’s memory. In his mind, there will always be a fantasyland replete with wicker furniture, pristine beaches, swaying palm trees, the smell of vanilla-scented suntan lotion, and breathtaking aqua water expanses.
These days, LoCrasto uses his imagination to create dreamy musical locales with the Brooklyn-based, Tropically-minded Kolumbo. The tiki-jazz torchbearers are releasing their debut full length, Gung-Ho, out June 29 2022, Calico Discos. The 8-song album conjures the lush sounds of symphonic 1950s and 1960s exotica, and jazz-pop orchestral albums recorded in Capitol Records’ famed studios. The album title speaks to the herculean task of producing an exotica album averaging 11 musicians per track during a pandemic.
Previously, the Texas-born, Brooklyn-based composer has released four solo albums, recorded music for three feature length films, and has had songs placed in the 2014 movie, Obvious Child, and the 2020 HBO series, How to With Jon Wilson. In addition, LoCrasto has recorded and toured with Cass McCombs, Grateful Shred, Pat Martino, Jeremy Pelt, James Iha, Parquet Courts, Fruit Bats, Nicholas Payton, Greg Osby, Okkervil River, and Wallace Roney.