|Live album by Les McCann and Eddie Harris|
|Recorded||The Montreux Jazz Festival|
|Producer||Nesuhi Ertegün & Bob Emmer|
Swiss Movement is a soul jazz live album recorded on June 21, 1969 at The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland by the Les McCann trio with saxophonist Eddie Harris and trumpeter Benny Bailey. The album was a hit record, as was the accompanying single "Compared to What", with both selling millions of units.
Reception and influence
The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best jazz performance, small group. It reached No. 1 on Billboard's jazz album chart, No. 2 on the R&B chart, and No. 29 on the LP chart.
A Billboard writer commented in 2006 that "what put Montreux on the recorded-live-in-concert map was the legendary 'Swiss Movement' album".
- "Compared to What" - (Gene McDaniels)
- "Cold Duck Time" - (Eddie Harris)
- "Kathleen's Theme" - (Les McCann)
- "You Got It in Your Soulness" - (Les McCann)
- "The Generation Gap" - (Les McCann)
- "Kaftan" - (Leroy Vinnegar) - bonus track on the 1996 reissue
- Les McCann: piano, vocals on "Compared to What"
- Eddie Harris: tenor saxophone
- Benny Bailey: trumpet
- Leroy Vinnegar: bass
- Donald Dean: drums
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- "Billboard Top LP's". (February 28, 1970) Billboard. p. 70.
- Whitburn, Joel (1991) "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums". Billboard Books. p. 119.
- Ouellette, Dan (June 3, 2006) "On the Record". Billboard. p. 36.