Jazz Concepts: Leroy Vinnegar & His Deep Beat

WHAT ARE THE OPTIMAL CONDITIONS FOR RECORDING A HIT JAZZ–POP crossover album? A well-rehearsed band, good recording conditions, and new material? The 1969 live album Swiss Movement fulfilled none of those requirements, yet it became a million-selling crossover record. Anchored by Leroy Vinnegar’s punchy, funky upright groove, pianist/ vocalist Les McCann and saxophonist Eddie Harris delivered an incredibly powerful set that captured the politically charged spirit and musical developments that characterized the era.Swiss Movement was a seminal recording in the world of jam-band-style funky jazz.

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