In San Francisco · Recorded Live At The Jazz Workshop (Complete Recordings)
  • PJ Stereo-16
    PJ Stereo-16
  • Pacific ST20120
    Pacific ST20120
  • Herbie Lewis
    Herbie Lewis
  • Ron Jefferson
    Ron Jefferson
  • Les McCann
    Les McCann

Les McCann

In San Francisco · Recorded Live At The Jazz Workshop (Complete Recordings)

Fresh Sound Records

Les McCann (p), Herbie Lewis (b), Ron Jefferson (d)

Reference: FSRCD 682

Bar code: 8427328606820


The experiences of singing sacred music in church and listening to modern jazz in clubs were blended to produce in pianist Les McCanns style a reflection of these seemingly contradictory influences.

As the critic Leonard Feather pointed out: Aside from any polemics concerning its nature and origin, the vital factor in McCanns music is the ability of the trio to establish a jubilant rapport with the audience. Through an amalgamation of several forces the music itself, the visual impact of the trio and Les mordantly witty personality there has been a consistent ability to get across to the public.

Some of the most potent evidence of this power was gathered in these performances recorded at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, where McCann, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Ron Jefferson played for two and a half successful weeks in December 1960.

01. Oh, Them Golden Gates (Les McCann) 3:54
02. Red Sails in the Sunset (Williams-Kennedy) 8:18
03. Big Jim (Les McCann) 6:57
04. I Am In Love (Cole Porter) 4:45
05. Jeepers Creepers (Warren-Mercer) 6:06
06. Gone On and Get That Church (Les McCann) 6:04
07. Well See Yawll After While, Ya Heah (Les McCann) 1:17
08. Frankie and Johnnie (Traditional /Adapted by Les McCann) 6:09 *
09. Medley: 7:47 *
-But Beautiful (Burke-Van Heusen)
-It Could Happen to You (Burke-Van Heusen)
10. Taking a Chance On Love (Duke-Fetter-Latouche) 4:23 *
11. Love Letters (Young-Heyman) 4:07 *

Album details

Tracks #1-7, from "Les McCann Ltd. in San Francisco" (Pacific Stereo PJ-16)
Tracks #8-11, from "From The Top of the Barrel" (Pacific Jazz ST-20120)
(*) These tracks come from the same set of recordings but were not on the original LP configuration.

Les McCann (piano), Herbie Lewis (bass), Ron Jefferson (drums).
Recorded live at the Jazz Workshop, in San Francisco, December 1960

Original recordings produced by Dick Bock
Audio engineering: Reece Hamel
Original cover design & photo by Bernard Yeszin

This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2012 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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