Lew Soloff

With a Song in My Heart

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Trumpeter Lew Soloff is well-known for his virtuosity, versatility and shouting solos. This CD is very much a departure for most of the selections are taken at ballad tempoes, and Soloff is very restrained, usually playing with a Harmon mute in his horn. He is assisted by pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist George Mraz, drummer Victor Lewis and (on two numbers) his wife, Emily Mitchell, on harp. Soloff performs four standards (the title cut is the only one taken at an "up" pace and even here he is muted), two standards (the exotic "Istanbul" is most memorable), a melody from a Tchaikovsky symphony and two obscurities. Once one is used to the slower pace (and puts their preconceptions away), the beauty of this set is apparent. A heartbreaking rendition of "I'm a Fool to Want You" is a highlight.

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