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Monday, Oct 30 2017 | 19:28
Image: 1616392 Throughout the 1960s, composer/vocalist Les
McCann cultivated a strong reputation as an
innovator of soul-jazz piano, having released
numerous albums worth of early fusion gems,
including the historically acclaimed Swiss
Movement, which rendered a Billboard Top 40 chart
placement, as well as their million-selling cover of
Gene McDaniels' "Compared To What." By 1970s,
McCann had begun to put greater emphasis on his
vocal-work, and was an early experimenter of the
Rhodes electric piano and the Hohner clavinet,
which were exponentially growing in popularity. The
decade wasn't McCann's most commercially
successful, but it did render a slew of
funky R&B obscurities.
Among these obscurities was 1972's Talk To The
People, McCann's 6th release with Atlantic
Records. Very much a record of its time, Talk To
The People features seven tracks of earthy soul,
funky jazz, and occasional social commentary,
featuring McCann at the top of his keys game.
Whether laying his gritty croon over covers of
Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder classics, or paired
with solid contributions by Donald Dean on drums,
Keith Loving on guitar, James Rowser on bass, and
Buck Clarke on percussion, most jazz aficionados
and historians will agree that Talk To The People is
an underrated 70s gem, and not to be
glossed over.

A1. What's Going On
A2. Shamading
A3. Seems So Long
A4. She's Here
B1. North Carolina
B2. Let It Lay
B3. Talk To The People Available from 24.11.2017
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