Les McCann’s drum break classic Layers was conceived in his mind long before the tapes were rolling at Joel Dorn’s Regent Sound Studios in New York. With just a few percussionists as accompaniment, McCann crafted an entire orchestra of sound, recording layer after layer of instruments using the new ARP synthesizer. “I had the feeling that the instruments were alive. It was like magic – magic from my childhood – magic for now – and magic for all time,” reflects McCann in the album liner notes. Check opener ” Sometimes I Cry” for the open drum break and “Soaring (At Dawn) Part I” for some of the most beautiful ARP synthesizer overdubbing ever.
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Tags: Drum Break / Jazz-funk / Synthesizer