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Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man

Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Child Is Father to the Man album
Released February 21, 1968
Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man

That crazy and wondrous overture!

The Beatles and Dylan kept changing the equation. In 1967 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band said, Do what you want. Segue songs together. Put lyrics on the album. Add sounds. Add more instrumentation. Or not.

Al Kooper was there when Dylan went electric. Kooper accidentally added the iconic organ on Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”  It was Kooper and Steve Katz’s underground masterpiece Projections with the Blues Project that got people searching for more when they left the Project. Where had they gone?

Blood, Sweat and Tears was where they’d gone and had given birth to…

Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man

Child Is Father to the Man

Rolling Stone magazine’s review said “This album is unique. More precisely, it is the first of its kind — a music that takes elements of rock, jazz, straight blues, R&B, classical music and almost anything else you could mention and combines them into a sound of its own that is “popular” without being the least bit watered down.”

The All Music review states: “This is one of the great albums of the eclectic post-Sgt. Pepper era of the late ’60s, a time when you could borrow styles from Greenwich Village contemporary folk to San Francisco acid rock and mix them into what seemed to have the potential to become a new American musical form.”

Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man
back cover

The whole band was…

  • Randy Brecker – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bobby Colomby – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Jim Fielder – bass guitar, fretless bass guitar
  • Dick Halligan – trombone
  • Steve Katz – guitar, lute, vocals
  • Al Kooper – organ, piano, ondioline, vocals
  • Fred Lipsius – piano, alto saxophone
  • Jerry Weiss – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals

And though Al Kooper wrote most of the songs, he had a great ear from whom to cover. My quick thoughts are in blue following each title.

  1. “Overture” (Kooper) – 1:32…I don’t know about you, but even the Beatles hadn’t done something as crazy sounding (to that point) as that loony laughing during the Overture. 

  2. “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (Kooper) – 5:57…How sweet this was. To this adolescent’s innocent ears (I’ll admit it), the passion behind Kooper’s voice was so cool. And those horns! “I could be President of General Motors!”

  3. “Morning Glory” (Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley) – 4:16...a nice segue into this song. “I lit my purest candle…”  And oh yea, recognize that organ sound? Like a Rolling Stone???

  4. My Days Are Numbered” (Kooper) – 3:19…more of those horns. I’d never heard (remember those innocent ears) horns used with such strength.

  5. “Without Her” (Harry Nilsson) – 2:41…This was the first time I heard Nilsson and “Without Her.” I’d come to love his version more, but at that moment, such a cool beat. 

  6. Just One Smile” (Randy Newman) – 4:38…Didn’t realize that a Randy Newman song could have such strength! And side one ends after over 22 minutes. About how long some entire albums were. Getting my money’s worth.

  7. “I Can’t Quit Her” (Kooper, Irwin Levine) – 3:38...cool guitar, bumping bass, and more cool horns. I could get used to this.

  8. “Meagan’s Gypsy Eyes” (Steve Katz) – 3:24…I loved the Blues Project’s “Flute Thing” and this had that same feel for me. Gurgling vocals. Neat.  Mee-gan, not Meg-an.

  9. Somethin’ Goin’ On” (Kooper) – 8:00…Eight minutes. Very nice. This is not American Bandstand.

  10. “House in the Country” (Kooper) – 3:04…I was a straight suburban kid who loved the country (part of Woodstock’s appeal) and this song with all its sound effects was another reason that I knew I was headed in the right direction. Who was that kid? 

  11. “The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud” (Kooper) – 4:12…Taking a break.

  12. “So Much Love”/”Underture” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 4:47...I’d heard of the term Overture. Never Underture. One hell of a way to split after over 49 minutes of amazing music.

Blood Sweat Tears Child Father Man
Happy anniversary Child Is Father To the Man

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Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

February 20, 1944  –  March 8, 2015
Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff
Jazz trumpeter Lew Soloff ( Photo: lewsoloff.com)

Soloff was born in Brooklyn and raised in Lakewood, NJ where he began studying piano at an early age. When he was ten, he took up the trumpet, eventually attending the Julliard Preparatory School and, later, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

He became one of the most respected jazz musicians of his generation.

After one year of graduate school at Julliard, Lew became involved in the New York Latin jazz and jazz scene, playing with artists like Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gil Evans.

He joined Blood, Sweat and Tears in time to be part of their second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears (he replaced Randy Brecker). The album won GRAMMYs for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance (“Variations On A Theme By Eric Satie”).

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff
cover of Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

It is Lew Soloff who, at about the 2-minute mark, blasts away on Spinning Wheel and helped make it a hit. Here’s the vinyl version (with its bit of scratch and pop)

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Blood, Sweat and Tears performed early Monday morning at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair after Johnny Winter and before Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young).

For some artists, Woodstock was a pinnacle. Blood, Sweat, and Tears did not get much traction out of Woodstock as they did not appear in the movie or on the album, but they were already Grammy successful. Soloff remained with BS & T for four more albums and remained in music playing with dozens of different bands for the rest of his life.

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

Much more later

The Allmusic.com site synopsis states:  Soloff was closely associated with Gil Evans from 1973 on, and also played with George Gruntz’s Concert Jazz Band, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, and Carla Bley; he was also teamed with the colorful trombonist Ray Anderson on several often-humorous recordings.

Daniel E Slotnick wrote in the New York Times, Mr. Soloff had little use for genre limitations. He was a session musician for Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Lou Reed; he was the lead trumpeter of both the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; he tackled Bach as a member of the quintet Manhattan Brass.

The man play A LOT! Here is his discography at Wikipedia or here for the AllMusic list. Your fingers will tire.

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff


Lew Soloff died of a heart attack in Brooklyn on March 8, 2015. His daughter, Laura Solomon, wrote the following at her Facebook page:

Tonight I lost my dad. We flew to New York to spend the week with him and my sister, enjoyed the day together, had dinner at our favorite grub spot. On the way home, he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed into my arms on the sidewalk in front of my husband and children. I performed CPR with the help of a passerby and continued to assist after EMTs arrived. He died at the scene, was resuscitated, made it through an angioplasty but couldn’t stabilize afterward and passed away just before 1:00 AM.

My dad was amazing. He could drive me fucking crazy, but that didn’t make him any less essential to my life. He loved his grandkids. He loved my sister and me. He was one of the greatest trumpet players in the world and I’m so proud to be his daughter. I’m so happy to carry on a fraction of his musicality in the now rare moments that I pick up my violin.

Dad had more friends than anyone I know. He was always on the phone. Always. Even when it was totally inappropriate. He was so loved by so many. His life overflowed with people who cared for him. I am so thankful for you all.

I am devastated. I can’t picture my life or my kids’ lives without him in it. It doesn’t seem real. It’s definitely not fair. But I am so grateful to have spent my dad’s last day on Earth together in New York City.

Please keep my family in your thoughts and respect our privacy during this awful time. We’re hurting badly.

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff performs the Hoagy Carmichael classic, “Georgia on my Mind” at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta, GA. Kenny Banks on piano, Che Marshall on drums and Kevin Smith on bass. Photographed and edited by Richard Angle.

Reference >>> UK Telegraph obit

Blood Sweat Tears Lew Soloff
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