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Though it was precipitated by the massive success of its predecessor, Swiss Movement, Much Les is the real breakthrough record of McCann’s career. It was the beginning of his studio collaboration with producer Joel Dorn, who would become framer, benefactor, and enthusiastic friend to McCann’s music for the rest of his life. McCann had always possessed an exceptional ear and musical panache, but Dorn updated the pianist’s sound for the '70s, making it deeper, darker, and juicier. Much of the album’s dark velvet atmosphere can be credited to the rhythm section of bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Donald Dean, augmented here by string arrangements courtesy of William S. Fischer. Though the album contains several slabs of the boogaloo-inflected funk upon which McCann had built his reputation —“Doin’ That Thing,” “Burnin’ Coal” and “Love for Sal” are all amazing — the centerpiece is undoubtedly “Benjamin,” a score for an opium-den funeral. The introductory figure is so dank and ominous that Mobb Deep looped it in 1995 as the basis for their crime rap anthem “Right Back At You.”

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Missing song

Would love to buy this album but it is not complete. The review even mentions the missing song "With These Hands", McCann's only vocal track. Help iTunes, good price but we want complete albums.

Much Les

Love to buy it but a song is missing - "With These Hands". Fix it. I'll buy it.

Scratched disc!

This disc is like buying a long awaited vinyl recroding only to find out your favorite song has a horrible scratch. "With These Hands" is missing, and for that reason alone, this falls way short of just buying the disc from your local shop or an internet source. Once you have heard THAT cut, you'll savor the moment. BTW, strings are not my favorite back up for McCann, but this one song, if played before the marriage vows, could save the divorce rate by 90%!


Born: September 23, 1935 in Lexington, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Les McCann reached the peak of his career at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival, recording "Compared to What" and "Cold Duck Time" for Atlantic (Swiss Movement) with Eddie Harris and Benny Bailey. Although he has done some worthwhile work since then, much of it has been anticlimactic. McCann first gained some fame in 1956 when he won a talent contest in the Navy as a singer that resulted in an appearance on television on The Ed Sullivan Show. After being discharged, he formed a trio in Los Angeles....
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Much Les, Les McCann
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jun 1969

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