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Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

Label: BFM Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: Freddie's Dead; It's All Right; Move On Up; We're a Winner; Superfly; Beautiful Brother of Mine; Check Out Your Mind; I'm So Proud; Keep On Pushing; People Get Ready; Gypsy Woman; Amen.

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Article: Year in Review

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Transcendent recordings don't come with a label identifying their magnificence, but they're easy to pick out. I had the honor and privilege of receiving, and listening to, more than 375 CDs for review consideration in 2012. I reviewed approximately 165 of them and these were the 15 that rose above the rest. Some are bold and ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

Read "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Paying homage to one of the most influential and important artists in the past century, the Jazz Soul Seven collective tips its hat to Curtis Mayfield on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield, an instrumental re-imagining of twelve of the R&B, funk and soul singer's most popular compositions. A voice of African-American pride, Mayfield was a socially-conscious artist ...

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Video

Superfly

Featuring the music of Jazz Soul Seven
Duration: 8:27

Terri Lyne Carrington: drums; Russ Ferrante: piano; Master Henry Gibson: percussion; Bob Hurst: bass; Wallace Roney: trumpet; Phil Upchurch: guitar; Ernie Watts: saxophone.
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Article: Album Review

Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

Read "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Curtis Mayfield's solo work and his work with the Impressions are highwater marks in popular music, representing the Chicago soul music constituency popular in the 1960s and '70s. His influence is yet to be fully realized or understood today, making his creative corpus a very tantalizing source of material for modern players. Jazz Soul Seven, an ...

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News: Music Industry

Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield

Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) isn't nearly as well known today as he should be. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mayfield, like Sly Stone, leveraged the assertive music and messages of James Brown—whose Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud in 1968 launched a socially conscious soul music revolution.  After leaving the ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield

Read "Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Curtis Mayfield's music has always possessed a certain cachet in soul, funk, R&B, pop and rock circles, but it never fully took hold in jazz until now. Pianist Herbie Hancock had some fun with Mayfield's “Future Shock" on the decades-old album of the same name (Columbia 1983), while other jazz musicians may have occasionally taken a ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

Read "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


While he may not be as recognized as Stevie Wonder or James Brown, Curtis Lee Mayfield left an indelible mark on American popular music as a pioneering instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and R&B producer. His compositions--including the score for the iconic blaxploitation film Super Fly (1972)--are compelling, incorporating the heritage of urban soul and gospel music and ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Soul Seven Release "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" on BFM Jazz

Jazz Soul Seven Release "Impressions of Curtis Mayfield" on BFM Jazz

Curtis Mayfield ranks among the most important and influential artists of the past century, the definition of soul both as leader of the Impressions and as a solo artist. As a singer and musician, his pure tone melted hearts and as a songwriter, he was peerless, a voice of African-American pride as well as a man ...


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