Les McCann - Live at the Village Vanguard (2017)

Porter, Hebb, McCann, Kaper

Les McCann

Recorded in stereo at the Village Vanguard on July 16, 1967 by George Klabin this is a remarkable album from this great pianist whose style is rooted in jazz, blues, funk, and R&B. This is one of Les McCann’s last recordings in the jazz style before his style changed and he started to sing and incorporate more R&B.

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Les McCann

An early musical success for McCann was his winning of a Navy talent contest for singing. This led to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. His main career began in the early 1960s when he recorded as a pianist with his trio for Pacific Jazz Records.

In 1969, Atlantic Records released Swiss Movement, a recording of McCann with frequent collaborator, saxophonist Eddie Harris, and guest trumpeter Benny Bailey at that year’s Montreux Jazz Festival. The album contained the song “Compared to What”, and both the album and the single were huge Billboard pop chart successes. "Compared to What" featured political criticism of the Vietnam War. The song was not written by McCann; fellow Atlantic composer/singer Eugene McDaniels wrote it years earlier. "Compared to What" was initially recorded and released as a ballad by Les McCann in 1967 on his Les McCann Play The Hits, issued on the Limelight label.

After the success of Swiss  Movement, McCann – primarily a piano player – began to emphasize his rough-hewn vocals more.  He became an innovator in the soul jazz style,  merging jazz with funk, soul and world rhythms. Much of his early 1970s music prefigures the Stevie Wonder albums of that decade. He was among the first jazz musicians  to  include electric piano, clavinet, and synthesizer in his music. 

photo: from booklet

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Les McCann - Live at the Village Vanguard (2017)

Porter, Hebb, McCann, Kaper

Les McCann

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra-T
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: René LaFlamme and André Perry, Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
Recording Engineer: George Klabin
Recording Location: Village Vanguard 1967
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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Tracks.
1.
I Can Dig It
McCann
00:08:28   N/A
2.
On Green Dolphin Street
Kaper
00:06:59   N/A
3.
Blues 5
McCann
00:04:57   N/A
4.
Sunny
Hebb
00:08:03   N/A
5.
It's All Right with Me
Porter
00:07:12   N/A
6.
The New Yorkers
Porter
00:07:11   N/A

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