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Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980

McCann, Les

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ISBN 10: 1606997866 / ISBN 13: 9781606997864
Published by Fantagraphics Books, United States, 2015
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Title: Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul ...

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, United States

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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This collects the photographs of legendary musician Les McCann; he documented the jazz scene and its players―Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Count Basie, and many others―from the inside, across several decades.

Throughout Les McCann’s incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos―at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world―and documented the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980. These photos include a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other black celebrities, such as Bill Cosby, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal). Black & white

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Born in 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky, pianist/singer/songwriter Les McCann moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s (after a stint in the Navy), where he formed a popular trio. Miles Davis urged him to work with Cannonball Adderly, but McCann chose to remain independent, and began recording “soul-jazz” albums for the Pacific Jazz label in 1960. His socially conscious album Swiss Movement, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, has sold millions of copies and reached #1 on the Billboard chart. McCann's work continued to chart throughout the '70s: he has collaborated with many noteworthy musicians, and he is frequently sampled. McCann is also a painter, and has exhibited his photography. He continues to tour.

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