The Mayfield Players

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The Mayfield Singers, along with the Fascinations, seem to have been one of only two acts ever to cut records for Curtis Mayfield's short-lived Mayfield Records label. Their line-up included future Impression…
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The Mayfield Singers, along with the Fascinations, seem to have been one of only two acts ever to cut records for Curtis Mayfield's short-lived Mayfield Records label. Their line-up included future Impression Leroy Hutson, Donny Hathaway, and June Conquest. Their sound was that of an extraordinarily full-bodied soul choir, filled with ample soloists (who, indeed, got to solo) and backed by the Mayfield Players, who sound on several tracks like they number close to the size of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Singers never charted, but they sang sweetly, and the Players were one of the best soul orchestras in the business, based on the surviving evidence, which is considerable, exciting, precise, playful, and bracing in every note they played.