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Les McCann, Sept 1976. Soul jazz piano player and vocalist whose biggest successes came as a crossover artist into R&B and soul. He became an innovator in the soul jazz style, merging jazz with funk, soul and world rhythms; much of his early 1970s music prefigures the great Stevie Wonder albums of the decade. He was among the first jazz musicians to include electric piano, clavinet, and synthesizer in his music.