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???
“The Morning Song”
There’s no comparison… Les McCann.