Tettero Plays Eddie Harris and Les McCann (2018)

Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Gene McDaniels


Call it fate, luck or coincidence, anyhow, I had just decided to expand my working trio into a quartet by adding trumpet player extraordinaire Dirk Beets, when Peter Bjørnild asked me to have a go at reinterpreting the Swiss Movement albums by Les McCann and Eddie Harris as a part of Sound Liaison’s "My Favorite Album" series.

Somehow those albums had not been on my radar in recent years, but upon listening, I realized, that the music was exactly what we were looking for in order to set out a new direction for my expanded trio.

Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ compositions are catchy, groovy and full of energy but they also contain an element of freedom, which makes it easy to open up and let loose.

Dirk Beets is an adventures trumpet player who loves experimenting with effects to enhance the sound of his trumpet, so casting him in the role of saxophonist Eddie Harris was a perfect match.

And for myself, taking on the challenge of interpreting Les McCann’s groovy piano for guitar was fun as well as illuminating. I have worked with bassist Dave Breidenbach and drummer Klaas van Donkersgoed for years. They are an ideal rhythm section, always dedicated to keeping the groove, yet not afraid to follow any idea that might pop up on the spur of the moment.

Recording in Studio 2 is always a joy, I tell you, that Studio is haunted in a positive way. Django Reinhardt was there, Wes Montgomery, Lester Young, just to name a few of my personal heroes, but the list goes on and on.

Engineer Frans De Rond is a magician. To have a technician of his expertise paired with a hall like studio II, is a match made in heaven.
I am very very happy with the result an am forever grateful to Sound Liaison for this wonderful opportunity."

The 8 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of an audience of 80 people. The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument.

The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits:  As they are not 'separated' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. And the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary.

Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent as the sound of the room helps 'glue' the sound of the recording.

- Folker Tettero, guitarist

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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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Tettero Plays Eddie Harris and Les McCann (2018)

Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Gene McDaniels


    Lust for Life Magazine

The first thing you notice listening to this album is the superior sound quality. That is not to say the music is lacking, on the contrary, the solos are gorgeous and the interpretations are subtle and funky and above all very very musical.

    NativeDSD Listener

I just purchased this today and if it is your style you will NOT be disappointed with the quality on this one and it is such a smooth listen. It has that satisfyingly rich, full sound. Jon, NativeDSD Listener


    De Stad Amersfoort

Folker Tettero plays funk jazz inspired by the 1970s. The freedom he and his band take to make music creates creative funk that attracts attention. Trumpet player Dirk Beets way of playing, sound and ideas connect seamlessly with the band. Tettero recorded the famous Eddie Harris album 'Swiss Movement' live in his own style. In this new - intimate and yet powerful album - repertoire, blues, funk and jazz, and freedom are once again merged into Tettero's own style.

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Tettero Plays Eddie Harris and Les McCann (2018)

Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Gene McDaniels


Cables: AudioQuest
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Frans de Rond
Microphone Cables: AudioQuest Yokon, Mogami Gold
Microphone Preamps: Horus, Merging Technologies
Microphones: Schoeps MK5 (Main System), Josephson C700, Shure SM57 (Folker), Josephson C725 (Dirk), Josephson C700 (Dave), Josephson C617 (Overheads), Audix D6 (Basdrum)
Monitoring Room: TAD CE-1 Speakers, Moon 760A Amplifier, Sennheiser HD800 and AKG 702 Headphones, AudioQuest Aspen Speaker Cables
Producer: Peter Bjørnild
Recording Engineer: Frans de Rond
Recording Location: Recorded live at MCO Studio 2 Hilversum, the Netherlands , January 13 and 14 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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