“Curtis Mayfield is to Soul Music what Bach was to Classics and Gershwin and Irving Berlin were to Pop Music; a laurel and catalyst soul and the heart and soul of a song and a people."
Curtis Mayfield: singer, author, composer of Soul, Funk and Blues. His committed music was very popular during the period of social hardship in the years 1969 and 1970. He became one of the pioneers of black pride alongside James Brown. Tributes to Curtis Mayfield have come in many different packages - from bronze plaques in Hollywood to celebrations in the music industry. Some came before he died - allowing him to appreciate the applause and approval. Others then came, more thoughtful, with time to show respect because of this silent force music and social change. Recordings - reconditioned or newly produced - were the most common tribute.
Here, the focus is on how Kelyn & Keite came together to honor the sweet genius of the soul.
Recorded from February 20 to 25, 2019 at L'Esplanade Studios,
New Orleans - USA
Line up: Kelyn Crapp (Musical Director & Guitar), Keite Young (Vocal), Herlin Riley (Drums), Chyco Siméon (Bass), Olivier Temime (Saxophone & Soprano) & Xavier Jackson (Keyboards & Piano). Produced by Catherine Vallon-Barry & Seydou Barry
for ACM Productions / Jazzbook Records - France
Management: Barry Consulting Ltd - USA
Mixed and Mastering by Misha Kachkachishvily
for Esplanade Studios / New Orleans - USA