HAROLD MCKINNEY / “Freedom Jazz Dance”

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4 Responses to “HAROLD MCKINNEY / “Freedom Jazz Dance””

jeff Says:
October 11th, 2006 at 5:37 pm

Check out my blog on Thursday for a shout out to you guys – another great job!!!!


Tony Says:
December 12th, 2007 at 4:56 am

May I refer you to Brian Auger’s version on his album ‘Second Wind’.. blistering B3 Hammond with vocals.. definitely a heavy groover and worth checking out

Michelle McKinney Says:
August 8th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I am the widow of Harold McKinney. I was trolling Yahoo looking for Harold McKinney images and ran into this blog.

The question was asked who wrote the lyrics of Harold McKinney’s version of “Freedom Jazz Dance.” Harold, unknown to many, was a consummate lyricist as well as musicologist, teacher, composer, bandleader, etc. His lyrics to “Song For My Father,” “7 Steps,” and “Straight No Chaser” rivals anyone else’s lyric writing. His lyrics to his own songs are lyrical and often through-composed. We will be performing a tribute at the Detroit Jazz Festival this year (2009) with as many McKinneys as we can muster! Harold’s daughter Gayelynn, myself, and Carlos McKinney are confirmed as of today (August 8, 2009).
Best regards,
Michelle McKinney in Detroit, Michigan

Gayelynn McKinney Says:
October 8th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I am Harold Mckinney’s daughter. Thank you for your comment about dad’s version of Freedom Jazz Dance. As Michelle said in the last comment, My father wrote his own lyrics to Freedom Jazz Dance, and yes that is a moog keyboard featured in that song. He was one of the first people to use the moog in jazz back then because, it was a new invention.

Peace, Love, and Blessings to you always! 🙂

Gayelynn Mckinney

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