CURTIS MAYFIELD — Superfly (review)

CURTIS MAYFIELD — Superfly album cover Album · 1972 · Jazz Related Soundtracks Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Warthur
Adding a tense, nervous energy to his string and brass sections compared with the preceding Curtis, with Superfly Curtis Mayfield might have in theory been cutting the soundtrack for a sleazy and rather forgettable blaxploitation movie, but it stands perfectly well on its own as a sort of concept album telling its own story about corruption, vice, and the harm inflicted on communities from within and from without. It's like a soundtrack for The Wire several decades early, and has plenty to offer to the jazz listener, particularly with some of the horn solos. Standing at the corner between soul and funk, you could do a lot worse than sample what Curtis is pushing here.
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