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Yusef Lateef – The Blue Yusef Lateef (Speakers Corners)

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Ships from: Melbourne

Description

Yusuf Lateef was a leading representative of world music, long before world music was known as such in the jazz, pop and rock community. He integrated all kinds of oriental instruments in his jazz music, such as the koto, bamboo flute and tambura and also – as in this case – in his blues compositions. His saxophone playing is also flawless too and full of wonderful textures, hard and impulsive at one moment, cool and exotic at the next.

On this album Lateef explores, in a painterly way, the border areas of the blues, in all their various guises and addresses both eastern and western cultures. "Juba Juba" begins with a drumbeat on a slave ship, the tempo builds up slowly and agonizingly, and is only penetrated by Lateef’s plaintive flute and background voices singing »freedom, freedom, freedom«. After such a gloomy beginning the classical blues number "Like It Is" comes over like a breath of fresh air, with its superb string quartet as the foundation. The R&B contributions on the other tracks testify to Lateef’s skilled excursions into the realm of the blues, while the truly adventurous tracks such as "Back Home" and the mystic, Chinese odyssey "Moon Cup" weave a magical net of sheer pleasure. "The Blue Yusef Lateef" is in every possible way absolutely breathtaking. It is a milestone as a jazz album. As a blues album it is quite unique. But as a musical work of art it is a glorious and genial masterpiece.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

"The Blue Yusef Lateef" - Yusef Lateef (ts, fl, perc, voc); Sonny Red (as); Blue Mitchell (tp); Kenny Burrell (g); Hugh Lawson (p); Buddy Lucas (hca); Cecil McBee, Bob Cranshaw (b); Roy Brooks (dr); strings and vocal group

Recording: April 1968 in RCA Studios, New York City by Ray Hall

Production: Joel Dorn

Catalog: Atlantic SD 1508

Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve

Manufacturer: Speakers Corner

Original label: Atlantic

Release details

Label: Speakers Corner Records, Atlantic
Format: LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Units: 1
Country: Germany
Released: 2019
Genre: Jazz

Tracklist

A1 Juba Juba
A2 Like It Is
A3 Othelia
A4 Moon Cup
B1 Back Home
B2 Get Over, Get Off And Get On
B3 Six Miles Next Door
B4 Sun Dog