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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...
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.