Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield - JazzWax

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May 08, 2012


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Ron Weinstock

Your readers may want to know about William Parker's "I Plan To Stay a Believer," which was Issued in 2010. This, too, was a jazz tribute to Curtis Mayfield.

Márcia W.

Wow! Suddenly my wish list got longer...


... nearly as well known today as he should be?
Curtis Mayfield's "Curtis" is featured in countless best-of-pop/ soul/ black music lists, and rightly so. He was miles ahead of contemporaries like Marvin G. or Isaac H. Surely Curtis ain't a household name among the iTunes generation, but that's the way it goes. And actually, I prefer his "Superfly" soundtrack.

Steve Barrow

For the last 40 or more years, the late Curtis Mayfield has long been considered a giant of 'soul' in UK/Europe, as big as any other - Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin - he's firmly established in the pantheon. Who else was bigger in Chicago soul ? perhaps Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler but they dont have the writing ability that Curtis did. And by the way 7 of these tunes on the new set first appeared as Impressions tracks.....and don't forget, Curtis and the Impressions were a huge influence on Jamaican vocal trios - the Wailers , Techniques and numerous others.

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