|Written by Esther Callens|
|Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:16|
Curtis Mayfield was an indelible talent who influenced a great number of artists. Upon his passing, he left a permanent void in the music industry. A fantastic recording has been released that pays homage to this extraordinary genius. Impressions of Curtis Mayfield is the title of this awesome collection depicting some of Mayfield’s finest.
Impressions of Curtis Mayfield is recorded by the Jazz Soul Seven. The group consists of Terri Lynne Carrington (drums), Russ Ferrante (piano), Master Henry Gibson (percussion), Bob Hurst (bass), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Phil Upchurch (guitar) and Ernie Watts (saxophone). Each of these performers are brilliant artists and they are well-known giants in the industry with years of experience. Having said this, it is only fitting that a group of master musicians, such as these, record this wonderful collective.
“Freddie’s Dead” is the album opener on Impressions. Ernie Watts covers this number perfectly with his sax. Wallace Roney and Russ Ferrante take center stage on “People Get Ready” offering a fantastic interpretation. “Move On Up” highlights Phil Upchurch at his very best – as always. “Superfly” offers the absolute perfect collaboration between these seasoned pros. This track will be on repeat play mode.
Some of the other included selections are: “Keep On Pushing”, “It’s All Right”, “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and four others. By the way, putting the cap on this perfect project is “Amen”, a most appropriate finale. A. Scott Galloway states, “As a subject for tribute and exaltation, Curtis Mayfield is undeniable. And for a tribute steeped in the freedom and complex expressiveness of jazz, the man proved to be an unexpected natural…What better music than jazz to expand Mayfield’s messages of freedom, unity and uplift in less linear directions? “In jazz, the musicians are the message!”
All that’s left to be said is – hear, hear!