Date: Apr 30th, 2012 · Tags: Jazz CD Reviews

While he may not be as recognized as m: Stevie Wonder or m: James Brown , m: 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 providing socially conscious messages–commentaries on the Vietnam War, inner city poverty, drug abuse and the tumultuous struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. His legacy is celebrated on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield by the Jazz Soul Seven, a band of ace jazz stars whose members include older and younger “groove aficionados” such guitarist m: Phil Upchurch and drummer m: Terri Lyne Carrington …

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Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield