One of the most popular soul-jazz albums of all time, and one of the best, although Harris
(and trumpeter Benny Bailey
) had never played or rehearsed with the Les McCann Trio before, and indeed wasn't even given the music. Perhaps that sparked the spontaneous funk that comes through clearly on the tape of this show, recorded at the Montreux Festival in 1969. It's actually much more of a showcase for McCann
, although the tenor saxist's contributions are significant. The sole vocal, a version of Gene McDaniels' "Compared to What," remains McCann
's signature tune. It's worth picking up Rhino's Montreux 30th Anniversary Edition
, as it adds a nine-minute bonus track ("Kaftan") and historical liner notes.