Singer-songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) isn't nearly as well known today as he should be. Now (finally!), a jazz group has revived the music of Curtis Mayfield, and the resulting album is among the most important new jazz CDs of the year. Jazz Soul Seven's Impressions of Curtis Mayfield sheds new light on Mayfield's most significant works, giving the material a jazz-soul interpretation that enhances and enlivens the music's original intent. Best of all, the songs have been updated without losing the essence of their bold message of self-determination.