Les McCann

Les McCann the Man

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A&M usually knew how to showcase its jazz artists when they had dedicated satellite producers on hand (Creed Taylor, John Snyder, etc.), but they just didn't have a clue about Les McCann. Once an inventive denizen of Motown, producer/arranger Paul Riser tries to tame the mighty McCann, polishing his funky rhythms, decorating them with a smooth horn section and strings, and putting the gorgeously recorded results out as some kind of MOR dance music. Yet the main problem with this slab of vinyl is, again, the weak material, which the unimaginative surroundings only exacerbate. The track that has the most soul is the instrumental "The Blue Dot," largely due to McCann's own funky synthesizer solo. Leave the man alone; that's how you get the best out of him.

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