Trumpeter with the first outings of Blood, Sweat and Tears ('68-'73), later going on to a solid career in jazz as soloist and leader of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. An obit:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituar...309-story.html Most frequently a sideman but had his own very good recordings too: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lew-s...92/discography Solid info on his Site--don't think of me as ghoulish for linking: http://lewsoloff.com/home.html
Tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3evSIQ15Zbw << Chops for days
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcEy1njhpy0 << Brilliantly arranged, fully realized
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOdiRuL-SQ << What most know him for
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvqg6JHOzos << The Manhattan Jazz Quintet are huge in Japan *
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX62Gvj5VVM << What a master does with a ballad--stunning!
* Group bio and discog: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/manha...4690/biography and http://www.allmusic.com/artist/manha...90/discography << Large catalog on Japanese labels--mostly available at the Usual Suspect but as imports, pricey