Les McCann But Not Really on 180g Import LP from Speakers Corner
One man comes to mind when the words 'funk' and 'fun' are connected with a jazz musician: Les McCann. The man from Kentucky, self-taught and a true heavyweight on the delicate piano stool, dedicated his whole life on the road to performing funk. He was highly successful – whether playing with his trio or with Eddie Harris, as a pianist or as a singer, in a club or on a big stage – and he always succeeded in captivating his audience.
On But Not Really, the first of seven LPs on the Limelight label, he plays in a trio with Victor Gaskin on the bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The three musicians were carefully guided by their producer, Jack Tracy and the liner notes describe their close collaboration.
"A Little Three-Four" is highly recommended listening, as is "Yours Is My Heart Alone" which fans of Lehar’s operettas will enjoy singing along to while others will appreciate the fantastic improvisations in this popular piece which McCann performs less showily than Oscar Peterson in his version but with more humor and emotion.
This Limelight album offers piano trio jazz that is free from intellectual encumbrance – it is jazz for the soul. Recorded in December of 1964, the LP is now available once again after almost 50 years with the original outstanding and lavish cover artwork courtesy of Speakers Corner!
- Les McCann (piano)
- Victor Gaskin (bass)
- Paul Humphrey (drums)
Les McCann But Not Really Track Listing:
1. But Not Really
2. A Little Three-Four
3. Out Delight
5. We're On The Move Now
6. Jack V. Schwartz
7. Little Freak
8. Yours Is My Heart Alone