Vacushna - Les McCann - The Truth
Label: Fontana - 888 107 ZY • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Jazz • Style: Hard Bop
In the sixties pianist Les McCann was a crowd favorite. It met with suspicion by more than a few critics, certainly those of the trendsetting Downbeat Magazine. John S. Damn deadpan funny. But was it sarcastic as well? Did McCann also imply that criticism often lacks a feeling of responsibility? Jazz was a tough way of making a living and bad press could hurt business considerably.
But on the other hand: hey, it was their livelihood as well, you know. At any rate, downplaying Les McCann as a bluesy cocktail pianist was rather pointless. Evidently, McCann is a tunesmith of catchy compositions grounded in Vacushna - Les McCann - The Truth life and Afro-American culture.
Two of them on Plays The Truth are impossible to get out of your head and why would you want to? The tacky and irresistable, uptempo Fish This Weekreminiscent of those nifty and funky Ray Bryant tunes, evokes the luscious laughter and frivolous chit chat of a saturday night fish fry.
McCann builds an articulate, ferocious solo of rollicking lines all over the keyboard, bringing to mind iconic masterminds like Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines. Obviously, Plays The Truth reveals a Neck Deep - Demo player without any strong ideas about comprising a coherent LP. A dedication to his friend, pianist Carl Perkins a Miles Davis favoriteFor Carl Perkinsis a very satisfactory blend of fat, sustained chords and uplifting trio interplay.
Stop-time theme Vacushna includes the surprise of a change of key and swings like mad. McCann, typically, puts the groove into these kind of affairs from note one.
A whole different ballgame. And the sixties-era Les McCann is a blues and gospel player at heart, a preacher, communicator, entertainer. Like this: Like Vacushna - Les McCann - The Truth Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
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