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Lew Soloff (1944-2015); RIP

Discussion in 'General Jazz Discussions' started by J. Robert Bragonier, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. J. Robert Bragonier

    J. Robert Bragonier Maitre d' Forums Staff Member

    Posted this evening by Lew Soloff's daughter and Doug Ramsey at Rifftides:

    "The sad notes keep coming. Trumpeter Lew Soloff died early today. His daughter, Laura Solomon, reported on her Facebook page that Soloff was with her and her family on their way home from a New York restaurant when he collapsed with a massive heart attack. He was 71. Born in New York City, a trumpeter from age 12, Soloff developed into a stalwart in jazz who was also in demand in New York’s studios. He reached his greatest general renown as a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears from 1968 to 1973. In the jazz community, he was respected for his strength and reliability in brass sections and for the imagination, daring—and idiosyncracy—of his solos.

    Soloff made his first professional breakthrough with the Machito orchestra and went on to play with Maynard Ferguson, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, George Russell, Urbie Green and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, among many other prominent bands. Millions were familiar with his solo on the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit 'Spinning Wheel.'"

    Two solos are featured at Doug's website: "Spinning Wheel," from Woodstock, and an extended solo with the Mingus Big Band from 1992: http://www.artsjournal.com/rifftides/2015/03/lew-soloff-1944-2015.html

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