Les McCann reached international fame with the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival recording "Compared to What" and "Cold Duck Time" for Atlantic
(Swiss Movement) with Eddie Harris and Benny Bailey. He began his
musical career in 1956, when he was a talent contest in the Navy as a singer. After signing to Pacific Jazz in 1960, he moved to the Limelight label during 1965-1967, before joining Atlantic in 1968, recording a number of quality albums until he left the label in 1976.