Leslie Coleman McCann, 23 September 1935, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. There is no end to the possibilities (and fun) in music. So, why dont we get on in there and get it? McCanns 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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