Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain

by Lew Soloff & Company
     
 
A sharp departure from 1999's acclaimed With a Song in My Heart, which featured Soloff in a rare straight-ahead jazz setting. This outing, in contrast, features no fewer than four songs from the classic rock canon: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Susie Q" and "Born on the Bayou," Jimi Hendrix

Overview

A sharp departure from 1999's acclaimed With a Song in My Heart, which featured Soloff in a rare straight-ahead jazz setting. This outing, in contrast, features no fewer than four songs from the classic rock canon: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Susie Q" and "Born on the Bayou," Jimi Hendrix's "Up from the Skies," and -- no kidding -- Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." One almost wonders why they left out Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird." In all seriousness, Soloff and crew have a lot of fun with these, especially the Hendrix tune, which was a staple of the Gil Evans Orchestra's repertoire when Soloff was a principal member. Even the supermarket-ready reading of "Stairway to Heaven" has its rewards -- Lou Marini playing the opening countermelody on a real flute instead of a Mellotron, for instance. The rest of the program consists of solid if unremarkable fusion and jazz, with saxman Lou Marini contributing the three strongest compositions: "Quiero No Puedo," "Starmaker," and "Don't Speak" (not to be confused with the No Doubt song of the same name). Guitarist Joe Beck penned the challenging "Tout Va Lews," during which Soloff plays a great solo. Bassist Mark Egan brought in the funk finale "Frog Legs," which features another strong trumpet solo and impeccable rhythm and lead guitar work from Beck. Drummer Danny Gottlieb is in fine form on all these tracks. Soloff brings in a tribe of guest stars for the adventurous yet meandering title track -- synth and vocal man Delmar Brown (who wrote the tune), guitarist Hiram Bullock, bassists Will Lee and Chulo, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, trumpeter Miles Evans (Gil's son), and even Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer on Hammond organ. The tune is a peppy mix of world pop and funk, with some over the top wah-wah guitar from Bullock. Although it works as a sort of groove-oriented centerpiece for this stylistically far-flung album, it goes on far too long. A little more direction would have helped.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
Label:
32. Jazz Records
UPC:
0604123219822
catalogNumber:
32198

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lew Soloff & Company   Primary Artist
Mark Egan   Bass
Joe Beck   Guitar
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Paul Shaffer   Hammond Organ
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Danny Gottlieb   Drums
Delmar Brown   Synthesizer,Vocals
Miles Evans   Trumpet
Will Lee   Bass
Lou Marini   Flute,Saxophone
Chulo   Bass
Company   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Chip Stern   Liner Notes
Page Simon   Graphic Design
Oliver Wasow   Illustrations,Cover Photo
Elly Broadwater   Composer

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