egroj world: Yusef Lateef • The Sound of Yousef

martes, 19 de enero de 2016

Yusef Lateef • The Sound of Yousef



The Sounds of Yusef recorded for Prestige and released in Oct 1957 shows Lateef's blossoming interest in exploring the sounds of the East. This is a predecessor to his classic 1961 "Eastern Sounds" disc. My fave track is the adventurous and experimental "Love and Humor" with it's Chinese gong, Asian style flute lines played by Lateef and a passage of apparently non-traditional instruments like 7-Up bottles and the taught surfaces of balloons stroked til they create that high pitched squeaking kids seem to love way more than adults. Anyhow, it's not all like that, and any traditional jazz fans could still enjoy the melodious opener "Take the 'A' Train".


01. Take the “A” Train
02. Playful Flute
03. Love and Humor
04. Buckingham
05. Meditation


personnel:

Yusef Lateef (ts, fl, tambourine, argol)
Wilbur Harden (flh, balloon)
Hugh Lawson (p, Turkish finger cymbals, Seven Up bottle, balloon, bells)
Ernie Farrow (b, rabat)
Oliver Jackson (d, Chinese gong, earthboard)


Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 11, 1957
recording engineer: Rudy van Gelder




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