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Yusef Lateef - The Centaur And The Phoenix
Yusef Lateef
The Centaur And The Phoenix
LP | 1960 | EU | Reissue (Cornbread)
13,99 €*
Release:1960 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in 2 days in October of 1960, The Centaur and The Phoenix is one of reeds player Yusef Lateef's most innovative early albums. Featuring modal and hard bop material, arrangements from a young Kenny Barron, and accompaniment from Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Zawinul, and more, the album marks a bit of a turning point for Lateef as he expanded his sound, vision, and composing talents. With songs and arrangements clearly influenced by Charles Mingus' contemporaneous work, The Centaur and The Phoenix is a near perfect album from one of the most innovative jazz players of the mid 20th century
Yusef Lateef - The Centaur And The Phoenix
Yusef Lateef - The Doctor Is In … And Out
Yusef Lateef
The Doctor Is In … And Out
LP | 1976 | UK | Reissue (Pure Pleasure)
28,99 €*
Release:1976 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1976, Yusef Lateef's as restless a spiritual seeker as there ever was in the field of music, revisited some of his earliest themes in the context of modern sonic frameworks: The Eastern modal and melodic frameworks of his Prestige sides, such as "Eastern Sounds", "Cry!/Tender", and "Other Sounds", brought to bear in much more sophisticated, complex, and grooved-out ways -- after all, it had been 20 years or more. The groove referred to is funk and soul. Funk itself was mutating at the time, so Lateef's interpolation at the crossroads of all ports in the musical journey was not only valid in 1976, but also necessary. For this recording, he utilized an absolutely huge group of musicians, bringing them in for this or that part, or a sound, or a particular vamp. Some of those present were Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Dom Um Romao, Al Foster, Billy Butler, Anthony Jackson, a five-piece brass section, and a synth player. Lateef, as always, was offering evocative glimpses of geographical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional terrain in his compositions, but not in predictable ways. There's the deep minor-key meditation on blues and evolving thematic variations on "Hellbound" that becomes a Latin funk tune; the airy, contemplative, and skeletal "Mystique", which may use a repeating rhythmic phrase but explores every inch of its margins via a string section and Lateef's flute solo; the smooth, urban, bluesy funk of "Mississippi Mud"; the completely out electronic musique of "Technological Homosapien" that becomes a series of synth squeals and an erratically tumbling bassline; and the wonderfully warped mariachi variation (sung in white-boy English) that featured the band playing bluesy hard bop over an age-old recorded track on "In A Little Spanish Town". It's a weird way to end a record, but then, it's a weird and wonderful record.
Yusef Lateef - Hikima - Creativity
Yusef Lateef
Hikima - Creativity
LP | 1983 | US | Reissue (Key System)
26,99 €*
Release:1983 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the early 1980s, famed jazz saxophonist and musical luminary Yusef Lateef traveled to Nigeria as a Senior Research Fellow to study, write, and teach at the Centre For Nigerian Cultural Studies at Ahmadu Bello University. He cut this record with students and local musicians while there; it only got a small local press, and remained virtually unknown by jazz fans and collectors for over 30 years. On Hikima, Lateef leads a nonet of African musicians in seven compositions that fuse his deep blues and jazz roots with native Nigerian instruments, drums and chants. The sounds stretch from meditative and melancholic to urgent and unrelenting. A singular recording impossible to classify or box in.

"Lateef’s Hikima is immediately wayward, frenetic, radical, the kind of highlife you want to march to." - Yinka Elujoba
Yusef Lateef - Jazz For The Thinker
Yusef Lateef
Jazz For The Thinker
LP | 1957 | EU | Reissue (Wax Love)
12,99 €*
Release:1957 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Known for his pioneering and multi-instrumental blend of jazz and Afro-Eastern musical traditions, Yusef Lateef has never been content to use his music to merely entertain, but has long strived to his encourage his audiences to engage their minds as well as their ears. This approach was evident even on his groundbreaking debut album as leader, the aptly titled, Jazz For The Thinker, released in 1957. Unlike most debut efforts in jazz at the time, this album is made up entirely of Lateef’s own original compositions, further proving that this was a man with a vision right from the start! Here Lateef, on tenor sax, is backed by Curtis Fuller on trombone, Hugh Lawson on piano, Ernie Farrow on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums.
Yusef Lateef - Live at Ronnie Scott's 15th January 1966
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