Les Is More [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Keyboardist Les McCann’s colorful personality is marvelously captured by producer Joel Dorn on Les Is More. Interestingly, this CD includes performances that feature McCann leading both his own groups and those of other legendary headliners. For “Les by Night,” McCann takes his tape recorder on a round of L.A. nightclubs, catching Cannonball Adderley, Carmen McCrae, and Stanley Turrentine. It’s a mini-documentation of the vital West Coast jazz scene of the late ‘60s. McCann himself gives live versions of his signature tunes “With These Hands” and “Compared to What.” Rounding out this visit into McCann’s psyche is his hilarious, eight-minute jazz tale, “Bird Story,” ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Keyboardist Les McCann’s colorful personality is marvelously captured by producer Joel Dorn on Les Is More. Interestingly, this CD includes performances that feature McCann leading both his own groups and those of other legendary headliners. For “Les by Night,” McCann takes his tape recorder on a round of L.A. nightclubs, catching Cannonball Adderley, Carmen McCrae, and Stanley Turrentine. It’s a mini-documentation of the vital West Coast jazz scene of the late ‘60s. McCann himself gives live versions of his signature tunes “With These Hands” and “Compared to What.” Rounding out this visit into McCann’s psyche is his hilarious, eight-minute jazz tale, “Bird Story,” about a musician who confuses a real bird with Charlie “Bird” Parker.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Joel Dorn's short-lived Night Music label featured private tapes of some of his favorite jazz artists. Pianist/vocalist Les McCann had collected 500 mostly undated private tapes through the years the dates listed above are estimates and this CD is drawn from that archive. McCann and his 1967 trio perform the groove tunes "Maleah" and "With These Hands" the latter has McCann's vocal while "Samia" reunites the pianist with Eddie Harris. There are also a few numbers without McCann. One features singer Roberta Flack a few months before cutting her first record for Atlantic and there is an odd collage of L.A. appearances by such artists as Cannonball Adderley, Stanley Turrentine, and Carmen McRae, but unfortunately, those are just excerpts. "Clapformation" features an excellent R&B alto solo by Gerald Albright from very early in his career and there is also a later version of McCann's hit "Compared to What." Very much a mixed bag, this CD which is far from essential is a historical curiosity at best. [This version includes a four-song label sampler.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Sin-Drome Records
  • UPC: 825005930523
  • Catalog Number: 9305

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maleah (8:39)
  2. 2 With These Hands (5:58)
  3. 3 Samia (7:31)
  4. 4 All the Way (8:48)
  5. 5 Les By Night: Unidentified Blues/Somewhere/Oh Babe/Satin Doll - Stanley Turrentine (6:09)
  6. 6 Little Blue Volkswagon (4:14)
  7. 7 Clap Formation (2:56)
  8. 8 Bird Story (8:09)
  9. 9 Compared to What (5:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Maleah (8:39)
  2. 2 You Did It, You Did It (4:48)
  3. 3 Work Song - Cannonball Adderley (9:18)
  4. 4 Chicago Serenade - Eddie Harris (13:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les McCann Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Roberta Flack Piano, Vocals
Cannonball Adderley Saxophone
Nat Adderley Cornet
Eddie Harris Tenor Saxophone
Louis Hayes Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Joe Sample Piano
Norman Simmons Piano
Mike Smith Bass
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Tenor Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Jeff Elliot Trumpet
Louis Powers Drums
Curtis A. Robertson Bass
Frank Severino Drums
Tony St. James Drums
Technical Credits
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Jeremy Lascelles Executive Producer
Gene Paul Engineer
Alan Rubens Management
Adam Dorn Liner Notes
Jennifer A. Munson Sonic Solutions
Page Simon Graphic Design
Linda Gavin Administrative Coordinator
John Martin. Cover Illustration
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