Layers (Les McCann album)

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Layers
Layers (Les McCann album).jpg
Studio album by
Released1973
RecordedNovember 1972
Regent Sound Studios, New York
GenreJazz, Groove
Length44:02
LabelAtlantic
SD 1646 , 32 Groove
ProducerJoel Dorn
Les McCann chronology
Live at Montreux
(1972)
Layers
(1973)
Another Beginning
(1974)

Layers is an album by pianist Les McCann recorded in 1972 and released on the Atlantic label.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Allmusic gives the album 4½ stars stating "This groundbreaking jazz synthesizer record is really unlike any other Les McCann ever made. Aside from a three-man percussion section and electric bassist Jimmy Rowser, Layers is entirely electronic, one of the first jazz albums with such an emphasis. ...this music is truly forward-looking and ahead of its time".[3]

The song "Sometimes I Cry" has been sampled in several other songs, most notably in Slick Rick's "Behind Bars" and its drum beat in Massive Attack's "Teardrop" and "Bullet Boy".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Les McCann

  1. "Sometimes I Cry" - 5:22
  2. "Let's Gather" - 1:13
  3. "Anticipation" - 0:52
  4. "The Dunbar High School Marching Band" - 6:07
  5. "Soaring (At Dawn) Part I"- 5:54
  6. "The Harlem Buck Dance Strut" - 5:55
  7. "Interlude" - 0:33
  8. "Before I Rest" - 3:43
  9. "Let's Play ('til Mom Calls)" - 4:26
  10. "It Never Stopped in My Home Town" - 1:54
  11. "Soaring (At Sunset) Part II" - 8:03

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlantic Records Catalog: 1600 series accessed March 8, 2016
  2. ^ Freed., R. Les McCann Discography accessed March 8, 2016
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve. Layers – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  4. ^ [1]