Admin Post Recently, I found myself listening to Tommy Bolin, and realized, as never before, that he was a versatile and immensely talented guitarist. He looked the part of a mid ‘70s rocker, but he had a complex harmonic sense and ventured into Fusion, Soul and Blues. I had been aware of him since the mid ‘70s, but had hardly given him a second thought in the ensuing years. Back in those days, I was a Jazz purist and didn’t give much attention to rockers, but my horizons have widened greatly since then. Sadly, Tommy Bolin left us far too soon, at the age of 25. Like so many, especially in that era, drugs and alcohol did him in. It would be easy to pontificate upon the evils of drug abuse, but that would serve no real purpose, at this point. We’ve all seen enough of this to know the score. But, sadly, that leaves us with the sad thought; what could have been? Bolin, had played in Zephyr, The James Gang and Deep Purple, but he was also building a solo career and finding real success. To have had such well developed abilities by the age of 25, I can’t help but wonder if he might have gone on to become a household name as his career progressed. From listening to his solo work, I have the impression that he could have brought some real innovation to popular music as it developed through the late ‘70s and into the ‘80s. I would definitely recommend giving a listen to Bolin’s solo work.