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Les McCann is one of the fathers of soul-jazz. The pianist and vocalist pioneered a sound in the late '60s and '70s with saxophonist Eddie Harris that provided a wamer, more soulful alternative to jazz-fusion. Albums like Swiss Movement (1969) and Layers (1973) remain landmarks.
Courtesy of Jimi Mentis in Athens, here's McCann in Stuttgart in 2004...
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.