Les McCann

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Tags: jazz funk piano soul soul-jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Coleman McCann, 23 September 1935, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. ‘There is no end to the possibilities (and fun) in music. So, why don’t we get on in there and get it?’ McCann’s comment highlights two distinctive elements of his music: an interest in innovation, particularly in new technology, and a preference for the dance-based rhythms of jazz, gospel and funk. Self-taught as a pianist, he played and sang in school bands and in the navy, where a talent contest won him a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to California in the late 50s, he played with Gene McDaniels before forming a successful trio with which he first recorded in 1960.

A series of popular jazz piano albums followed, and in the late 60s, McCann had two hit singles with the protest song ‘Compared To What?’ and the ballad ‘With These Hands’. Swiss Movement, his Montreux live duet album with saxophonist Eddie Harris, was also a...

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