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While his roots were in jazz, reedist Yusef Lateef had little time for rules or convention, using instruments like oboe and bamboo flute to complement his formidable chops on tenor saxophone and flute. This 1961 album isn’t his first foray into non-Western styles, but he crystalised a wondrous yet accessible balance of jazz’s mandate of exploration with Eastern folk exoticism (check out “Ching Miau”). The results are equally stunning when he veers closer to straight jazz on tunes like “Don’t Blame Me”.

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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Eastern Sounds (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster), Yusef Lateef
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 05 September 1961

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