Compared to What’ performer Les McCann, a wellspring for hip-hop samples, dies at 88
Los Angeles, CA – Renowned jazz musician and performer Les McCann has passed away at the age of 88. McCann, known for his hit song “Compared to What,” was a significant influence on the hip-hop genre, with many of his tracks being sampled by various artists.
Born on September 23, 1935, in Lexington, Kentucky, McCann showed an early interest in music. He began playing the piano at a young age and quickly developed a unique style that blended jazz, soul, and funk. McCann’s talent was evident from the start, and he gained recognition for his exceptional improvisational skills and soulful performances.
In the 1960s, McCann rose to prominence with his groundbreaking album “Swiss Movement,” recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969. The album, featuring McCann’s iconic track “Compared to What,” showcased his ability to connect with audiences through his music. The song became an instant hit and solidified McCann’s position as a trailblazer in the jazz and soul genres.
McCann’s music resonated with a diverse audience, and his innovative sound attracted the attention of many hip-hop artists. Over the years, his tracks have been sampled by numerous musicians, contributing to the development of the hip-hop genre. McCann’s influence can be heard in songs by notable artists such as Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, and Jay-Z, among others.
Despite his success, McCann remained humble and focused on his craft. He continued to release albums and perform live, captivating audiences with his energetic stage presence and soul-stirring music. McCann’s performances were known for their improvisational nature, often featuring extended solos and collaborative jam sessions with fellow musicians.
Throughout his career, McCann received numerous accolades and recognition for his contributions to music. In 1997, he was inducted into the Hammond Organ Hall of Fame, cementing his status as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. McCann’s impact on the music industry extends beyond his own recordings, as his sampled tracks continue to inspire and shape the sound of contemporary hip-hop.
Although the cause of McCann’s death is currently unknown, the news of his passing has left the music community in mourning. Fellow musicians, fans, and colleagues have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to his incredible legacy.
McCann’s music will undoubtedly continue to be celebrated and cherished for generations to come. His contributions to jazz, soul, and hip-hop have left an indelible mark on the music industry, inspiring countless artists and captivating audiences worldwide. McCann’s memory will live on through his timeless recordings and the impact he has had on the evolution of music.
As we bid farewell to this musical icon, we remember Les McCann as a true pioneer, a masterful performer, and an irreplaceable force in the world of music. Rest in peace, Les McCann. Your legacy will forever be cherished..
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