Saturday, April 9, 2016

Yusef Lateef - Savoy #1

Yusef Lateef [...] is a quiet innovator. Although he first emerged as a tenor-saxophonist with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in the late 1940s, his musical interests have long stretched beyond both jazz and the tenor. Lateef grew up in Detroit and, after his stint with Gillespie, he stayed there until 1959, studying music and becoming a major part of the local scene. By the time he began recording as a leader in 1955, Lateef had developed into a masterful flute player and he would soon add oboe while stretching from jazz into what would be called World Music (particularly the folk music of the Mideast), while never losing his ability to swing hard. While Lateef had stints with Charles Mingus and the Cannonball Adderley Sextet of 1962-64, he has mostly been a leader during the past half-century. This CD, cut originally for Savoy, serves as an excellent example of his early music.
Jazz Mood has Lateef going further East, to the Orient, and playing not just tenor and flute but the argol which is a little reminiscent of the oboe. Lateef is joined by Lawson, Farrow, trombonist Curtis Fuller and drummer Louis Hayes. The program includes the haunting "Metaphor," the exotic "Morning" and a piece in 7/4 time ("The Beginning") along with a pair of more conventional but no less spirited blues ("Yusef's Mood" and "Blues in Space"). The music is thoughtful, full of surprises and open to new ideas. Throughout, Yusef Lateef always sounds like a true original and the results are timeless.
Scott Yanow

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Yusef Lateef
Jazz Mood


1 Metaphor  8:09
2 Yusef's Mood  8:36
3 The Beginning  4:13
4 Morning  10:38
5 Blues in Space  7:07

All Compositions by Yusef Lateef


Yusef Lateef - fl, t s, scraper & argol
Curtis Fuller - tb
Hugh Lawson - p
Ernie Farrow - b
Louis Hayes - dr
Doug Watkins - perc

Recorded in New York City ; April 9, 1957

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rubberduck said...

Yusef Lateef on Savoy.

IMHO a masterpece.

Thanke mel.

pedro gamundi said...


jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Mike said...

My slim collection of Lateef sides has been gathering dust for years now. Thanks for the opportunity to hear something 'new' from him!

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Not a big Lateef fan but it says this is some of his early work so I'll give it a try. Thank you.

musician3 said...

AMAZING....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

DEEP said...


fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, never saw this cover !!!

Brush&Stick said...

Many thanks!

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel! Not one of Lateef's I've seen, before.

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice to upgrade this album. Thank you Mel!