TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the April 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Virgin Vinyl LP!
Les McCann had already been playing his way through the clubs and record studios
on the US west coast for ten years when his appearance on June 21, 1969 at the
relatively new and jazz-soaked festival in Montreux on Lake Geneva changed all
that. There, he celebrated his greatest musical success, his number one hit.
Half ironically, but proudly in later concerts, when the piano stool could
hardly bear him due to his size and weight, he stressed that "Swiss Movement"
had supported him, his wife, children and grandchildren.
"Compared To What" is a catchy melody that is heard on the radio, again and
again, all around the world, today, tomorrow and the day after … It is
unmistakable, still groovy, full of soul, humorous, stirring. And "Cold Duck
Time" is no way inferior: Eddie Harris blows for all he is worth. Everyone can
hear that Benny Bailey was challenged by the unknown themes, but this maestro
still managed to capture the audience’s ear and attention.
"Swiss Movement" is, and will remain forever, a highlight among all the jazz LPs
that have been recorded live and it shouldn’t be missing from any collector’s
shelf. Along with Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert from 1938, Charlie
Parker & Co.’s Massey Hall concert from 1953, and Ella Fitzgerald’s Berlin
concert from 1960 – and very few others.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from
the master tapes through to the cutting head.
"You don't have to be a jazz fan to love this record - you only need
ears!" - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, April 2019
• 180g High Quality Vinyl
• Pure Analogue
• AAA Recording
Les McCann, piano, vocal on "Compared To What"
Eddie Harris, tenor sax
Benny Bailey, trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar, bass
Donald Dean, drums
1. Compared To What
2. Cold Duck Time
3. Kathleen's Theme
1. You Got It In Your Soulness
2. The Generation Gap
Recorded live June 1969 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Switzerland