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Album Review

Curtis Mayfield wasn't quite like anyone else, whether it was penning and singing the timeless hits of the Impressions ("It's All Right," "Move On Up," "I'm So Proud," "Keep On Pushing," "People Get Ready," "Gypsy Woman") or writing, arranging, and singing the sturdy, elegant funk explorations of his solo years ("Freddie's Dead," "Superfly"), he was always his own message to the world. This wonderful set features seven already accomplished jazz musicians (guitarist Phil Upchurch, drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, bassist Bob Hurst, trumpet player Wallace Roney, saxophonist Ernie Watts, keyboardist Russ Ferrante, and percussionist Master Henry Gibson) re-imagining some of Mayfield's classic compositions in a jazz ensemble setting. Calling itself Jazz Soul Seven, this remarkably versatile and fluid group of musicians has created a beautifully balanced and nuanced tribute to Mayfield, with classics like "People Get Ready," already a majestic recording in the original version by the Impressions, stretching in shining new directions. Mayfield had jazz elements in his own recordings from the start, so this set seems like an easy extension of his initial soundscapes, smooth, easy, and with an onward rhythmic energy.

Customer Reviews

Commutin

If you live in LA, put on this rendition of Superfly the next time you're stuck in a traffic jam. You will get in the zone.

Simply brilliant!

Masterful arrangements, performances, and songs- this is hands down the jazz album of the year.

A must have for any jazzbo!

this is a pretty music to listen!

sunday morning, i was just sitting on a chair and looked at a window.
and when i push a play button on a remote control. it just made me a smile on my face.
i really enjoyed the pretty music of this album ; "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" !
thanks for my day!

Impressions of Curtis Mayfield, Jazz Soul Seven
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