Saturday, 15 May 2010

Les McCann "Invitation To Openness"

Les McCann

"Invitation To Openness"
( LP Atlantic Records, 1971 )
Catalog # SD 1603

A1 - The Lovers 26:11
B1 - Beaux J. Poo Boo 13:12
B2 - Poo Pye McGoochie (And His Friends) 12:34

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Jimmy Rowser
Bass [Electric] - Bill Salter
Drums [African], Percussion - William "Buck" Clarke
Drums, Percussion - Al Mouzon, Bernard Purdie, Donald Dean
Electric Guitar - Cornell Dupree
Electric Piano - Jodie Christian
Engineer [Recording] - Jimmy Douglass
Engineer [Remix] - Fred Catero
Guitar, Electric Guitar - David Spinozza
Harp - Corky Hale
Percussion - Ralph McDonald
Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Moog] - Les McCann
Producer - Joel Dorn
Saxophone [Tenor], Oboe, Flute, Flute [Pneumatic],
Bells [Plum Blossom & Temple Bells] - Yusef Lateef

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.
Remixed at Fred Catero Studios, San Francisco, California.

The 26-minute opening cut, "The Lovers," captures the essence of Les McCann's 1971 classic Invitation to Openness, reissued here by Label M's Joel Dorn, the album's original producer. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis's groundbreaking In a Silent Way, Invitation builds layers of electric pianos and synthesizers over a bed of gently rocking rhythms, interspersed with Cornell Dupree's wah-wah guitar and Yusef Lateef's exotic flute and oboe. Recorded with the many instruments separated by reverb, it flows with a spacey funkiness that slowly builds into a churning, smoldering stew. "Beaux J. Poo Boo" and "Poo Pye McGoochie" are more conventionally funky, early 70's style, though the use of multiple percussion gives them a world-beat flavor. Invitation to Openess invites comparison in its more blustering moments to the electric work of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi period, although Les McCann's soulful electronic experiments tend to exude a funkier and more sensual atmosphere.
By Wally Shoup ( (Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved)

By Celo


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Bill said...

Thankyou or the share Celo.

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