Black Music History "Giving Them Roses" – Day 5: Les McCann

Built the bridge from Jazz to Soul…

To a certain degree Les McCann’s groundbreaking and breaking of other artists can be compared to Little Richard… Minus the eccentricities… Les pioneered a new genre of soul jazz… Most notably his rendition of “Compared To What”, along with Eddie Harris, merged protest song with jazz… In addition to pushing the sub-genre, he broke the career of Roberta Flack… stating, Her voice touched, tapped, trapped, and kicked every emotion I’ve ever known. I laughed, cried, and screamed for more…she alone had the voice.”

Gospel… Jazz… Soul… Funk… What else???

Les MCcann – The Morning Song from The MaDKid Face on Vimeo.

“The Morning Song” 

“Street Dance”

There’s no comparison… Les McCann.

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