Sunday, November 9, 2014


Artist: Les McCann
Album: Live at Bohemian Caverns - Washington, D.C.
Label: Limelight
Catalog: LS 86046
Year: 1967

Genre: jazz
Grading: VG+ cover / VG+ LP
Quantity: 1
Art Designer: not listed
Photography:  not applicable
Grade: ***** star

There's just something stunning about his album cover.  It reflects a nifty blend of bright colors, a '60s mod feel, and  whatI suspect was a not-so-subtle slice of political commentary. 

I was eight years old when McCann recorded this album in Washington, D.C.'s Bohemooam Caverns (once again open and hosting shows).  Compared to today, the city was still very much a Southern enclave, meaning there were large sections of the community where someone like McCann was unwelcome.   I'm guess the Capitol dome on McCann's head was meant to highlight that disconnect.    Regardless of whether it was intended as a political statement, it made for a stunning cover.

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