Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Eddie Harris & Les Mccann|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Tenor sax great Eddie Harris and keyboardist Les McCann worked together on the classic jazz crossover album Swiss Movement, which contained the hit "Compared to What?" Their follow-up recording, Second Movement, however, n... more »
Tenor sax great Eddie Harris and keyboardist Les McCann worked together on the classic jazz crossover album Swiss Movement, which contained the hit "Compared to What?" Their follow-up recording, Second Movement, however, never made it to CD. Producer Joel Dorn created Label M in order to bring this album and other neglected gems from the Atlantic Records catalog to a new audience. Harris's urgent tenor wailings mesh with funky rhythms and background vocals to give Second Movement a sanctified, churchlike feeling throughout. Combined with McCann's gospel-tinged singing on "Set Us Free" and "Universal Prisoner," the music attempts to deal with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and jazz's waning audience. McCann's Fender Rhodes piano and the rhythm & blues underpinnings, however, serve mainly to give the music a '70's funk feel, when jazz was crossing over into rock territory. Given the rise of jam-band jazz, it seems that the Second Movement's second coming has arrived at just the right time. --Wally Shoup
Oh, their funky souls
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anybody who's around my age, 27, and has been grooving to bands like Karl Denson, Galactic, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Soulive and Lake Trout, should totally check out this disc. This is the way it was done back in the day, Eddie and Les are pioneers of this sound. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Funky. "Shorty Rides Again" will brighten your day. "Carry On Brother" is anthem for anyone with a funky soul. Les & Eddie are telepathic in their exchanges. I'd go as far as to say there are moments here that have Swiss Movement beat. Don't miss this...get on down!!!"
Shorty Truly Rides Again!
cordellm | Chicago, Illinois United States | 10/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At the risk of dating myself, I've waited a long time for this one to return! My original copy, on LP has truly seen better days. Every cut on this CD is excellent, but I must acknowledge the significance of "The Universal Prisioner". What a message of motivation! "Shorty rides again", and again and again! This one is a classic!!!!"
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 08/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the 60s, jazz had two seperate streams flowing into the same river: free jazz and soul jazz. Idiotically, critics took sides, as if both these types of beautiful music were mutually exclusive. Tonight's card, Jimmy Smith vs. Cecil Taylor, 15 rounds. Then again, in those days, everything was polorized. Music, like hair and dress, was politics.
This is fortunately no longer the case, and if you like soul jazz, look no further than this album. McCann and Harris create a tight, rocking R&B that is both danceable and ellgent. This is not a organ romp one off, but polished, well-composed music with outstanding players. Grit and gloss to every note. Great vocals.
It also works as an album. There is not a sliver of filler on here.
If you like soul jazz, buy this. Then again, if you like free jazz, buy this.