American singer-songwriter producer Gene McDaniels died yesterday. His songs from the sixties will stay in the memory: “A Hundred Pounds of Clay,” “Tower of Strength,” “Point of No Return,” and, perhaps above all, “Compared to What,” truly immortalized by Les McCann and Eddie Harris . (above) Here’s a tribute from a friend. RIP.
sad beyond words… “compared to what” truly a part of american arts and culture lexicon… a heartbreak…
Is this video from the BBC's jazz season? I think I have seen it on BBC4 sometimes ago
Jess. this may have been shown on BBC4 I don't know. What it is is part of the Montreux archive. They made four hour-long compilations which the German station Sat3 broadcast in 2006 and from which this clip is taken. More about the others HERE
Things have moved on, and the Montreux Festival is releasing a lot more at:
the Montreuxsounds website
This is a sad loss, but thankfully performances as classic as the one in this article live on for us to appreciate them!