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Album Review

The great musician Yusef Lateef's Atlantic albums tend to be a little erratic; in addition to creative improvised music, his performances were open to the influences of the R&B, soul, and pop music of the period. Lateef plays flutes on three of the four pieces (switching to tenor on "Live Humble"), utilizes the vocal group the Sweet Inspirations on two of the pieces (including the exotic "A Long Time Ago"), and interacts with a string quartet on "Chandra," while "Eboness" is played with a basic quartet. The well-intentioned music has its moments of interest but is not all that memorable as a whole.

Biography

Born: 09 October 1920 in Chatanooga, TN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Yusef Lateef long had an inquisitive spirit and he was never just a bop or hard bop soloist. Lateef, who did not care much for the term "jazz," consistently created music that stretched (and even broke through) boundaries. A superior tenor saxophonist with a soulful sound and impressive technique, by the 1950s Lateef was one of the top flutists around. He also developed into the best jazz soloist to date on oboe, was an occasional bassoonist, and introduced such instruments as the argol (a double...
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  • $3.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1970

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