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Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds

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    Personnel: Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, oboe, flute); Barry Harris (piano); Ernie Farrow (bass); Lex Humphries (drums). Recorded in Englewood, New Jersey in September 1961. Originally released on Prestige (7319). Includes original liner notes by Joe ......more

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Artist: Lateef, Yusef
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Personnel: Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, oboe, flute); Barry Harris (piano); Ernie Farrow (bass); Lex Humphries (drums). Recorded in Englewood, New Jersey in September 1961. Originally released on Prestige (7319). Includes original liner notes by Joe Goldberg. Personnel: Yusef Lateef (flute, oboe, tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Ernie Farrow (upright bass); Lex Humphries (drums). This 1961 release may be significant in the vast canon of jazz recordings if only because it predates John Coltrane's forays into Eastern modal music. Coltrane didn't really explore the connection between jazz and Eastern musical styles until A LOVE SUPREME. Certainly, it is widely accepted that Coltrane's 1965 landmark albums, TRANSITION, KULU SE MAMA, and ASCENSION firmly established him as the main practitioner of Eastern influenced modal jazz. However, on Lateef's EASTERN SOUNDS, we hear the tenor man forging new territory years prior to Coltrane's experiments. Indeed, Lateef draws many fine musical parallels between the music of the Orient and American jazz on this outing. Lateef's experiments are quite successful on this recording, even though the album's conception is somewhat stymied by his mainstream jazz roots. For example, a straight-up (albeit beautiful) version of the standard "Don't Blame Me" seems out of place with Lateef's own wacky compositions. Still, "The Plum Blossom," "Chinq Miau" and the outlandish album closer, "The Three Faces of Balal" are quite compelling, making this record a valuable and unique asset to any CD collection.
See Also:
The Centaur and the Phoenix, Every Village Has a Song: The Yusef Lateef Anthology, Live at Pep's, The World at Peace, Eastern Sounds
See Influences:
Lester Young (Saxophone), Sonny Stitt, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker (Sax), Budd Johnson, Don Byas, Chu Berry, Dexter Gordon
See Contemporaries:
Pharoah Sanders, Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Cherry (Trumpet), Donald Byrd, The Last Poets, Oscar Brown, Jr., George Coleman, Hugh Lawson, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Charlie Mariano, Grant Green, Herbie Mann, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Roy Ayers, Nat Adderley, Dewey Redman, Joe Zawinul, Adam Rudolph, Kenny Burrell, Hugh Masekela, Nathan Davis, Charles Mingus
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Plum Blossom, The
  2. 2 Blues for the Orient
  3. 3 Ching Miau
  4. 4 Don't Blame Me
  5. 5 Love Theme from "Spartacus"
  6. 6 Snafu
  7. 7 Purple Flower
  8. 8 Love Theme from "The Robe"
  9. 9 Three Faces of Balal, The
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Jazz General
Label:
Prestige Records
Producer:
Esmond Edwards; Esmond Edwards
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
AAD
Runtime:
39 : 54
Guest Artist:
Barry Harris
UPC:
888072300125
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  • Birth of World Music

    Yusef was truly in his element upon recording this gem. A master of reminding music fans that Jazz could assimilate with other genres of music and still maintain its identity. He educated us all that Jazz did not have to be associated with the usual instrumentations (trumpet, saxophone etc.) The very first track tells the story of Jazz' first foray into World Music before anyone even thought of World Music. The musicianship of Yusef on non traditional instruments is absolutely stunning. He totally draws you in and does not let go until the last note is played. His traditional instrument playing is also a treat . Yusef's big sound on tenor saxophone is a joy to experience. If you want to travel to distant lands without an airline ticket - well, This is the Ticket!!!

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