Monday, 7 September 2009

Les McCann ”Comment”

Les McCann

( LP Atlantic Records, 1969 )
Catalog # SD 1547

A1 How Many Broken Wings (3:33)
A2 Can’t We Be Strangers Again (5:08)
A3 Unless It’s You (4:59)
A4 What I Call Soul (4:10)
B1 Comment (5:22)
B2 Baby, Baby (3:01)
B3 Yours Is My Heart Alone (6:29)

Personnel & Credits:
Bass – Ron Carter
Drums – Billy Cobham , Donald Dean (tracks: B1)
Electric Piano – Les McCann (tracks: B1)
Flute [Alto] – Seldon Powell (tracks: A3)
Guitar – Billy Butler (tracks: B1)
Harp – Margaret Ross (tracks: A3)
Harpsichord – Roland Hanna (tracks: A3)
Organ – Stanley Cowell (tracks: A2)
Piano – Junior Mance (tracks: B2) , Les McCann (tracks: B3) , Richard Tee (tracks: A4) , Roberta Flack (tracks: A1, A2)
Saxophone [Baritone] – Richard Landry (tracks: A2, A4, B2)
Saxophone [Soprano] – Seldon Powell (tracks: A3)
Trombone – Benjamin Powell (tracks: A2, A4, B2) , Dick Griffin (tracks: A2, A4, B2)
Trumpet – Jimmy Owens (tracks: A2, A4, B2) , Joe Wilder (tracks: A2, A4, B2) , Richard Williams (tracks: A2, A4, B2)
Vocals – Les McCann , Roberta Flack (tracks: A1, B2)

The godfather of contemporary jazz-soul chills, changing the pace from his electrifying collaborations with Eddie Harris — Swiss Movement and Second Movement — that preceded and followed this mellow set of mostly love songs, which includes four selections from the pens of Helen and Kay Lewis (aka the Lewis Sisters). Two cuts, “Baby, Baby” and “Can’t We Be Strangers Again,” were originally done by Motown’s Miracles and Edwin Starr & Blinky respectively. “How Many Broken Wings” and “What I Call Soul” are the sisters’ other contributions, and McCann executes them to perfection. The keyboardist plays with an underlying intensity on Bill Evans‘ “Unless It’s You,” while the title track is good hard bop. Atlantic Records hasn’t reissued this LP, so you have to rummage the Goodwills, online sites, and flea markets for a copy.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)

Courtesy of FunkyEarWax

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