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Lew Soloff and the Harmonie Ensemble New York: Sketches Of Spain

Read "Sketches Of Spain" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Trumpeter Lew Soloff, and the Harmonie Ensemble New York, conducted by Steve Richman, release their version of Sketches Of Spain 50 years after Miles Davis' original Columbia recording. The 1960 version is accorded classic status by many, but Soloff and Richman have produced a worthy successor. So what's different? Well, one answer is “Not much." Soloff offers no radical reappraisal of the classic work. The album stays faithful to the Davis original: five tunes, each timed to ...

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Lew Soloff: Sketches Of Spain

Read "Lew Soloff: Sketches Of Spain" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Lew SoloffSketches Of SpainSheffield Lab 2010 Sometimes it feels as though trumpeter Miles Davis never left the stage--his afterlife in airplay, books, t-shirts, reissues and tributes is ubiquitous. But even for those jazz fans who would rather not languish in nostalgia, Davis, like saxophonist John Coltrane, continues to set a standard against which to gauge a whole range of jazz styles, from traditional through fusion to avant-garde. Cover versions of Davis typically ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Lew Soloff: With a Song in My Heart

Read "With a Song in My Heart" reviewed by Dave Hughes

With a Song in My Heartis a mellow, straight-ahead jazz quartet date. Soloff is full of expressiveness and solo ideas, and his session mates provide understated, sensitive support. Mulgrew Miller turns in some excellent solos, particularly on "I'm a Fool to Want You." The program is a blend of four standards, a couple classical pieces, and a couple Soloff originals. The Tchaikovski piece is especially interesting; Rob Mounsey's expert arrangement distills the essence of the symphony down to ...


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