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Tenor sax great Eddie Harris and keyboardist Les McCann worked together on the classic jazz crossover album Swiss Movement, which contained the hit "Compared to What?" Their follow-up recording, Second Movement, however, never made it to CD. Producer Joel Dorn created Label M in order to bring this album and other neglected gems from the Atlantic Records catalog to a new audience. Harris's urgent tenor wailings mesh with funky rhythms and background vocals to give Second Movement a sanctified, churchlike feeling throughout. Combined with McCann's gospel-tinged singing on "Set Us Free" and "Universal Prisoner," the music attempts to deal with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and jazz's waning audience. McCann's Fender Rhodes piano and the rhythm & blues underpinnings, however, serve mainly to give the music a '70's funk feel, when jazz was crossing over into rock territory. Given the rise of jam-band jazz, it seems that the Second Movement's second coming has arrived at just the right time. --Wally Shoup

1. Shorty Rides Again
2. Universal Prisoner
3. Carry On Brother
4. Set Us Free
5. Samia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B00004Z3YO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Live jazz at it's best.
danny
A true classic jazz album, and as those of us who know and care, it stands the time test for listenability, the benchmark of all great music !!!!
K. T. Kelly
What a message of motivation!
"cordellm"

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on July 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In the 60s, jazz had two seperate streams flowing into the same river: free jazz and soul jazz. Idiotically, critics took sides, as if both these types of beautiful music were mutually exclusive. Tonight's card, Jimmy Smith vs. Cecil Taylor, 15 rounds. Then again, in those days, everything was polorized. Music, like hair and dress, was politics.

This is fortunately no longer the case, and if you like soul jazz, look no further than this album. McCann and Harris create a tight, rocking R&B that is both danceable and ellgent. This is not a organ romp one off, but polished, well-composed music with outstanding players. Grit and gloss to every note. Great vocals.

It also works as an album. There is not a sliver of filler on here.
If you like soul jazz, buy this. Then again, if you like free jazz, buy this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Anybody who's around my age, 27, and has been grooving to bands like Karl Denson, Galactic, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Soulive and Lake Trout, should totally check out this disc. This is the way it was done back in the day, Eddie and Les are pioneers of this sound. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Funky. "Shorty Rides Again" will brighten your day. "Carry On Brother" is anthem for anyone with a funky soul. Les & Eddie are telepathic in their exchanges. I'd go as far as to say there are moments here that have Swiss Movement beat. Don't miss this...get on down!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "cordellm" on October 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
At the risk of dating myself, I've waited a long time for this one to return! My original copy, on LP has truly seen better days. Every cut on this CD is excellent, but I must acknowledge the significance of "The Universal Prisioner". What a message of motivation! "Shorty rides again", and again and again! This one is a classic!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Good on October 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I loved this when it came out when I was in high school , and lost it in the switch from LP to cassette to CD. Cannot believe I lived for 25 years without having it to groove to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on May 3, 2012
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While this duo's "Swiss Movement" concert album draws most of the raves (and had the benefit of a huge hit single with "Compared to What"), this album was pretty darn strong too. Only 5 tracks, but they are all quality, especially "Universal Prisoner" and "Carry On Brother" (which also should have been a big hit). Eddie Harris wails on the sax, and McCann's vocals and keyboards deftly fit the groove too. Add some ace session players such as Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree, and more, and you have a very tight group of musicians. Harris and McCann supposedly had their conflicts (in the liner notes, producer Joel Dorn describes them as "like oil and water", and adds that he often had a difficult time working with Harris) but they produced some excellent music in the short time they collaborated. Soul-Jazz fans should love this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By matty on September 16, 2008
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I've been a fan of these two wonderful jazz artists for many years and I'll always be a fan.
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