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Yusef LATEEF – Plays for Lovers 1961

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on December 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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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Belmondo & Yusef LATEEF – Influence 2006

Posted in JAZZ, Stephane BELMONDO, Yusef LATEEF on December 13, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Belmondo & Yusef LATEEF – Influence 2006


87 year-old jazz legend Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, oboe, flutes) teams up with the French Belmondo brothers, Stéphane (trumpet, fluegelhorn) and Lionel (tenor sax, soprano sax, alto flute, clarinet) for this new double album – a complex, beautiful project which draws musical influences from 19th Century Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, all given a jazz interpretation. The band also features leading US trombonist Glenn Ferris, plus Laurent Fickelson (piano), Paul Imm (double-bass), Dre Pallemaerte (drums), and a reeds section. The three multi-instrumentalist virtuosos in the front line project their individual voices into a unified soundscape without losing their individuality.

The Belmondos, who have released a series of critically-acclaimed CDs in recent years, are from a very different background to Lateef, but when Lionel and Stéphane met their ‘elder sibling’, they naturally fell into symbiosis both personally and musically, discovering that their artistic approaches are extremely close. This natural collaboration between the three follows a history of respect and admiration. Lateef’s own compositions seem to be mirrored by the separate themes which form a suite to the Belmondo brothers’ ‘Infinity’ album, recorded in 1999. The new album, “Influences”, issued on the French B-Flat/Discograph label, is the outcome of two years of hard work, of dedicated research, of intense live activity and of prolific composition.
Every work of art is part form, part substance and part emotion. The double CD Influence, by Yusef Lateef and the Belmondo brothers, has the beauty of form of an impressionist canvas, the depth and the complexity of a mathematical equation, but the emotional sterility of a doctor’s office.

The music is a blend of complex and precise improvisations and melodies from around the world, including 19th Century Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, all peppered with a jazz sensibility. The three multi-instrumentalist virtuosos in the front line forge their individual voices into a sound sculpture without losing their individuality. The rhythm section not only keeps up with the horns, but also builds a solid foundation for them.

While the recording mostly lacks emotion, it’s not completely devoid of passion. The beginning drum solo of the title track rumbles with the kind of excitement that one feels in the pit of one’s stomach, but the feeling fades away completely after a few minutes as the drums fade into their supportive role. The last part of the suite that takes up most of disc two also starts off laden with a charge reminiscent of the finest hard bop recordings of the 1950s, and it’s more or less able to maintain momentum throughout its fourteen-minute duration.

This is a beautiful, complex and interesting recording, but with only a few surprises and a few passionate shreds of jazzy excitement. The multicultural style of the music and its beautiful complexity fits well with the great Yusef Lateef’s legacy and the Belmondo brothers’ body of work.
By Hrayr Attarian. AAJ.
Yusef Lateef- Reeds;
Lionel Belmondo- Reeds, Percussion;
Stephane Belmondo- Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Shell, Percussion;
Laurent Fickelson- Piano;
Paul Imm- Bass;
Dre Pallemaert- Drums.
01. Shafa 10:10
02. Si Tout Ceci N’Est Qu’un Pauvre Reve 10:04
03. Apres Le Jeu 6:49
04. Influence 17:40
05. Orgatique 7:55

01. An Afternoon In Chatanooga 5:10
02. Suite Overtime Morning 12:21
03. Suite Overtime Metaphor 8:45
04. Suite Overtime Iqbal 5:10
05. Suite Overtime Brother John 13:49
06. Le Jardin 4:15

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Yusef LATEEF – Live New York 2007

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on December 6, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yusef LATEEF – Live New York 2007
Motor City Jazz, Rose Hall NY.
Broadcast date: 2007-04-20
(Who Sent Me This??)


A Motor City juggernaut – Ron Carter, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Ali Jackson, and Yusef Lateef – drives the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on a soundtrack from Detroit to New York. Scenic moments include  Barry Harris’ bouncing “Minor Situation,” and Lateef’s epic suite “Morning Trilogy.”
Wynton Marsalis- Trumpet
Sean Jones- Trumpet
Ryan Kaiser- Trumpet
Marcus Printemp- Trumpet
Dan Nimmer- Piano
Ali Jackson, Jr.- Drums
Ron Carter- Bass
Walter Blanding- Saxophone
Curtis Fuller- Trombone
Yusef Lateef- Tenor Sax, Woodwinds
Charles McPherson- Alto Sax
Marcus Belgrave- Trumpet
Geri Allen- Piano
Ted Nash- Alto Sax

01.Long Green 7:33
02.Deep Passion 4:40
03.Ala Mode 8:10
04.Minor Situation 4:17
05.Announcer/Interview 1:58
06.Morning Trilogy 17:13
07.For Toddler’s Only 4:43

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Yusef LATEEF – The Centaur And The Phoenix 1960

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on November 28, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yusef LATEEF – The Centaur And The Phoenix  1960
RLP 9337
Recorded in October 1960 and June 1961.


An under-appreciated jazz innovator, Yusef Lateef made many strides with regard to instrumentation in jazz. One of the few jazz oboe and bassoon players, Lateef also introduced such instruments as the argol (a double clarinet that resembles a bassoon) and the shanai (a type of oboe) into the jazz setting. However, his main instruments were the tenor saxophone and the flute. On this 1961 record date, the inventive Lateef surrounds himself with a horn section that features, among others, trumpet great Clark Terry and trombonist Curtis Fuller. A bassoonist by the name of Josea Taylor is also heard here and the rhythm section is lead by the noted pianist and composer, Joe Zawinul.

A diverse and thoughtful set of music is presented on THE CENTAUR AND THE PHOENIX including soulful blues numbers, lush ballads, and miscellaneous Eastern-influenced explorations. Highlights include Lateef’s gorgeous flute work on the ballad “Summer Song,” and the Latin-inflected.
From his first explosion of recordings in the mid-’50s, Yusef Lateef was a player who was always gently stretching the boundaries of his music to absorb techniques, new rhythms, and new influences from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The Centaur and the Phoenix, however, takes the risks and the innovations that Lateef was known for, and expands them in a number of different directions all at once, leading to an album that bursts with new ideas and textures, while remaining accessible, and above all, beautiful. Lateef seems eager here to take the next step musically by breaking the mold of his previous albums. While he is a gifted composer, only a third of the songs featured here are his work: the rhythm-driven flute showcase “Apathy,” the gentle, nocturnal tribute to his daughter “Iqbal” and the tone poem “The Philanthropist.” The best of the rest come from Kenny Barron, who was only 17 at the time, and Charles Mills, a contemporary classical composer who drew the album’s self-titled highlight from two of his symphonies, the first paying tribute to Crazy Horse and the other to Charlie Parker. Providing the structure and textures needed for these intricate compositions was Lateef’s largest ensemble to date. Accustomed to working in a small-group format, he makes managing a band of nine sidemen seem easy. Several Lateef regulars are here, including Barry Harris, Richard Williams, and Ernie Farrow, but the inclusion of forward-thinking musicians like Joe Zawinul also help take this album to a higher level. The greatest miracle of this recording, however, is the balance that Lateef achieves with this large group — they are always an asset, never a distraction, and even as they come on strong and powerful on songs like “Apathy,” or Barron’s arrangement of “Ev’ry Day (I Fall in Love)” he remains in charge, somehow making his delicate flute (or oboe, tenor sax or argol) rise above it all, spilling out brightness, grace and joy.
By Stacia Proefrock. AMG.
Bass- Ben Tucker
Bassoon- Josea Taylor
Drums- Lex Humphries
Piano- Joe Zawinul
Saxophone [Baritone]- Tate Houston
Saxophone [Tenor], Oboe, Flute [Arghul]- Yusef Lateef
Trombone- Curtis Fuller
Trumpet- Clark Terry , Richard Williams
A1. Revelation 5:53
Composed By – Barron
A2. Apathy 5:20
Composed By – Yusef Lateef
A3. Ev’ry Day (I Fall In Love) 6:55
Arranged By – Kenneth Barron
Composed By – Kahal* , Fain*
B1. The Centaur And The Phoenix 5:33
Composed By – Charles Mills
B2. Iqbal 4:48
Composed By – Yusef Lateef
B3. Summer Song 5:22
Composed By – Charles Mills
B4. The Philanthropist 3:56
Composed By – Yusef Lateef

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Yusef Lateef – The Golden Flute 1966

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on November 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yusef Lateef – The Golden Flute 1966
2004 ReIssue.


Yusef Lateef has long been among the most adventurous of jazz musicians, but on these 1966 sessions he decided to look backward as well as forward.
A unique mix of characteristically  challenging original compositions and fondly remembered standards, The Golden Flute captures Lateef at his most inspired.
It’s a shame that Yusef Lateef is relegated to the second tier of jazz musicians, left as an artist who is known more for his work as a sideman. His abilities as a multi-instrumentalist place him a category with Roland Kirk, yet with none of the acclaim. It’s true that on his Atlantic releases Lateef was saddled with inferior material, but his earlier recordings are adventurous, melodic, and quite satisfying. The Golden Flute is a marvelous recording from 1966 that showcases Lateef’s ability to sustain a warm groove through a well-designed program of originals and standards.

“Road Runner” is a slow, funky tune with gutsy improvising that segues into a slow, beautiful treatment of “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” a sultry ballad infused with melancholy beauty. Yet what would be a relatively straightforward session is augmented by Lateef’s interest in using other instruments to create new textures. Despite the title, there are only two tracks featuring Lateef on flute, but both show his interest in foreign scales and how they can enhance the palette available for improvisation in a consistent way. On “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You” the thin, reedy sound of Lateef’s oboe introduces a eerie quality into a straightforward standard. However, the cherry on top is “Head Hunters,” where Lateef sits out and the rhythm section works through a tune you’ll have in your head long after the recording is over.

In the end, Lateef proves himself on The Golden Flute to be an artist of merit, capable of creating a haunting session worthy of comparison to Wayne Shorter’s Blue Note recordings. This is an excellent opportunity to discover an artist whose work as a leader is well worth a listen.
By David Rickert.
The emphasis is on older tunes and styles on this Yusef Lateef Impulse! album. Lateef (switching between tenor, flute, and oboe) plays such numbers as Straighten Up and Fly Right, Ghost of a Chance, Exactly like You (on oboe), and Rosetta along with some group originals. Lateef has long been a true original, and he revitalizes the standards while always swinging and being a bit unpredictable. Well worth searching for, this was Lateef’s final Impulse! album before switching to Atlantic.
By Scott Yanow AMG.
Yusef Lateef- Flute, Tenor, Sax, Oboe
Hugh Lawson- Piano
Herman Wright- Bass
Roy Brooks Jr.- Drums
01. Road Runner  4:44
02. Straighten Up and Fly Right  3:26
03. Oasis  4:23
04. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You  4:03
05. Exactly Like You  2:54
06. The Golden Flute  3:54
07. Rosetta  3:53
08. Head Hunters  4:33
09. The Smart Set  7:31

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Yusef LATEEF – Part of the Search 1974

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yusef LATEEF – Part of the Search  1974
Principally recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios,
New York between September & December 1973
1994 Issue. R2 71553


Yusef Lateef’s Part Of The Search …… contains eleven tunes that represent different backgrounds, along with seven brief interlude tracks that range in length from 1 to 23 seconds. The intermissions break the album’s mood sufficiently for Lateef to bring in radical changes. After all, isn’t that usually what happens when you start playing with the radio dial? From a genuine Count Basie big band “Kansas City Shuffle” to a ‘50s doo-wop vocal “In the Still of the Night,” Lateef’s selection covers it all. Nearly thirty years old, this album couldn’t include all the types of music we have today, but it does stretch considerably to fit the leader’s fertile imagination. Lateef’s tenor saxophone lead is smooth and always a pleasure……
Jim Santella. AAJ.
One of Lateef’s more ambitious albums for Atlantic — kind of a “history of jazz” in styles and expressions, performed with a large set of players that runs the gamut of talents available at the time. The set includes lots of tunes in rawer modes than you’d expect for Yusef — including Kansas City jazz, R&B, and even doo wop! Titles include “Soul’s Bakery”, “Oatsy Doatsey”, “Big Bass Drum”, “In The Still Of The Night”, “Superfine”, “Strange Lullaby”, and “Rockhouse”.
From Dusty Groove.
Yusef Lateef’s Atlantic albums tended to be erratic affairs with plenty of chances taken and the overall results being a mixed success. This set (reissued on CD) is one of his better efforts from the era. Lateef, doubling on tenor and alto this time, is backed not only by his trio but a big band, string quartet, three background vocalists and a variety of electric keyboardists and guitarists. There are enough good tracks (particularly “Lunceford Prance,” “Rockhouse” and “I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You”) to make this a release worth checking out.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Yusef Lateef- (Alto & Tenor saxophones)
Jerry Dodgion, Frank Wess- (Alto saxophone)
Rocky Morales- (Tenor Sax)
Charles Fowlkes- (Baritone Sax)
Charles McBurney, Jimmy Owens, Charles Sullivan, Richard Williams, Joe Newman- (Trumpet)
Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown, Warren Covington- (Trombone)
Willie Bridges- (Flute)
Kenny Barron- (Piano)
Myles Chase, J.R. Chatwell, Augie Meyers- (Keyboards)
Doug Sahm, Paul Naumann, Alexander Gafa- (Guitar)
Donald Gladstone, Robert Cunningham- (Bass)
Albert Heath, George Rains- (Drums)
Marty Kupersmith, Kenny Vance, Sandy Yaguda- (Background Vocals).
01. K.C. Shuffle
02. Oatsy Doatsy
03. Soul’s Bakery
04. Lunceford Prance
05. Rockhouse
06. Oatsy Doatsy
07. In the Still of the Night
08. Superfine
09. Strange Lullaby
10. Big Bass Drum
11. Gettin’ Sentimental

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Yusef LATEEF – The Dreamer 1959

Posted in JAZZ, Yusef LATEEF on November 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Yusef LATEEF – The Dreamer 1959
Recorded in Chicago, IL, on June 11, 1959
1970 Issue.


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Yusef Lateef- Flute, Oboe, Tenor Sax
Terry Pollard- Piano
William Austin- Bass
Frank Gant- Drums
01. Arjuna
02. The Dreamer
03. Oboe Blues
04. Angel Eyes
05. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man

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