Yusef LATEEF – Plays for Lovers 1961

Yusef LATEEF – Plays for Lovers 1961
1966 PRT 7447


Yusef Lateef grew up in Detroit and began on tenor when he was 17. He played with Lucky Millinder (1946), Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie’s big band (1949-1950). He was a fixture on the Detroit jazz scene of the ’50s where he studied flute at Wayne State University. Lateef began recording as a leader in 1955 for Savoy (and later Riverside and Prestige) although he did not move to New York until 1959. By then he already had a strong reputation for his versatility and for his willingness to utilize “miscellaneous instruments.” Lateef played with Charles Mingus in 1960, gigged with Donald Byrd, and was well-featured with the Cannonball Adderley Sextet (1962-1964). As a leader, his string of Impulse recordings (1963-1966) was among the finest of his career although Lateef’s varied Atlantic sessions (1967-1976) also had some strong moments. He spent some time in the ’80s teaching in Nigeria. His Atlantic records of the late ’80s were closer to mood music (or new age) than jazz, but in the ’90s, (for his own YAL label) Lateef has recorded a wide variety of music (all originals) including some strong improvised music with the likes of Ricky Ford, Archie Shepp, and Von Freeman.
By Scott Yanow, Rovi.
Wilbur Harden- Flugelhorn, Balloon
Yusef Lateef- Flute, Tenor Sax, Oboe, Multi Instruments
Hugh Lawson- Bells, Piano
Ernie Farrow- Bass, Rabat
Oliver Jackson- Drums, Gong
A1. If You Could See Me Now
A2. Love Theme From “The Robe”
A3. All Alone
A4. Sea Breeze
A5. Yesterdays
B1. When You’re Smiling
B2. Meditation
B3. You’ve Changed
B4. Love Theme From “Spartacus”

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