Filmed at the 1987 Montreux Jazz Festival, this soulful concert reaffirms Curtis Mayfield's five-tool ability as a singer, lyricist, guitarist, performer and arranger. Graced with a flawless falsetto, the vocalist turns in a career-spanning set that stretches from his early days in the Impressions to sociopolitical solo work.
Curtis Mayfield beams throughout his 1987 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He had plenty of reasons to feel upbeat. His European fans remained devoted, even if his hits were more than a decade old. He fronted a solid touring group, Ice-9, which included his longtime friend, percussionist “Master” Henry Gibson. Most importantly, Mayfield had confidence in knowing that his influential singing and guitar voices, just like his composing skills, remained uniquely his own.