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  • Les McCann

    Layers LP (1973)

    Atlantic

Ranked #90 in the Soul Strut 200

By 1973, seasoned soul jazz piano player and vocalist Les McCann had adapted his sound for the funky 70s with albums like Invitation to Openness and Talk to the People. On Layers, he less commercial by releasing an album of mostly electronics seemingly inspired by Stevie Wonders's musical output of the time.  McCann was one of the first to use a 32 track studio and overdub everything himself creating soulful solid state soundscapes with ARP synths and Rhodes pianos while keeping it funky.  With tracks like "Harlem Buck Dance Strut" and "Sometimes I cry"  the album would later become a staple for sampling producers of the 1990s.


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