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Lew Soloff and Company: Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain is a current example of a blowing session, featuring groove-oriented material, including a number of songs borrowed from the rock arena (Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” John Fogerty’s “Born on the Bayou,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Up From the Skies”).

The album rewards casual listening, mainly due to the high skill level and musicality of the participants. Soloff has been one of the best and most complete jazz trumpeters on the scene for a very long time, while Lou Marini, best known for his appearance in the first Blues Brothers movie, comes across well on saxes and flute, and contributes a lovely ballad, “Starmaker.”

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