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The Blue Yusef Lateef (Us & International Release)


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Yusef Lateef (b. 1920), a multi-instrumentalist who is equally skilled on tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe, is also a multiculturalist whose musical interests have long gone beyond jazz, a word he disdains. An innovator in mixing world music influences into jazz, Lateef is in his own musical category.

Originally an altoist, Lateef switched to tenor while in high school. He worked early ... Read more in Amazon's Yusef Lateef Store

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1. Juba Juba
2. Like It Is
3. Othelia
4. Moon Cup
5. Back Home
6. "Get Over, Get Off And Get On"
7. Six Miles Next Door
8. Sun Dog
9. DB Blues

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A 33 year old unresolved puzzle...... 26 July 2001
By Dr.D.Treharne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A welcome reissue of the 1968 album. Lateef was able to round up some excellent sidemen for the session including Kenny Burrell on guitar, Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Cecil McBee on Bass. Lateef gets to blow all kinds of instruments including several different kinds of flute, a Taiwan koto and scratcher, as well as tenor sax.He also persuaded The Sweet inspirations to add vocal backing to two tracks ( "Juba Juba" and "Back Home").Most of the tracks survive the test of time. Favourites are "Like it is" on which there's the addition of a string quartet, "Get Over get off and get on", and "Six Miles next door". Also worth the price of admission are the sleeve notes, which are VERY 1968, and include some Lateef poetry. The mystery still resolves around the track "Moon Cup". I bought the album when it was originally released and was somewhat skeptical about Lateef singing.... I thought way back then that there was an element of tongue-in -cheek when he declares in the sleeve notes that its " a tagalog chant. The lyrics are derived from a dialect of the Phillipine Islands". Oh yeh? If there's anybody out there who can confirm or deny whether this is so, you'd make a middle aged man very happy.Me? I think he's making it up as he goes along - but I'd love to be proved wrong!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THE BLUE YUSEF LATEEF (ATLANTIC RECORDS/1968) 27 Dec. 2004
By prospero72 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yusef was a leading exponent of world music before any such thing was embraced by the jazz/pop/rock community. he incorporates all manner of Eastern and oriental instrumentation (such as the koto, bamboo flute, and tamboura) into his jazz and (in this case) blues. His sax playing as well is impeccable and filled with lovely textures that can be hard and driving one minute then turn cool and exotic the next. "Juba Juba" starts things off with the bang of a slave ship drum that builds a slow going, torturous pace leavened only by Lateef's plaintive flute and the background vocal chants of "freedom, freedom, freedom". After such a somber beginning the lovely blues of "Like It Is" seems a welcomd breath of fresh air that is highlighted by a gorgeous string quartet. The R&B workouts of "Othelia", "Get Over, Get Off And Get On", "Sun Dog", and "Six MIles Next Door" helps to authenticate Lateef's blues excursion. While the more truly adventuresome tracks like "Back Home" and the mystical, Chinese odyssey "Moon Cup" weave a magical web of delight (the latter of which even features Yusef scat singing in Chinese!). "THE BLUE YUSEF LATEEF" is absolutely stunning in every conceivable way. As a jazz album it's a milestone. As a blues album it's unique. But as a musical work of art it is a masterpiece of glorious genius. HIGHEST JAZZ ALBUM CHART POSITION: None.
Especially amazing was his use of the oboe--a double reed instrument ... 3 Nov. 2014
By Jim Colando - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Yusef Lateef played in the Detroit area as I was growing up. I heard him play in Detroit and Flint while I was in high school. His mastery of many different instruments from various world cultures astonished me, introducing me to sounds I'd never heard before.
Especially amazing was his use of the oboe--a double reed instrument requiring much skill to play well. His music was the streets of Detroit at that time. The seeds of Detroit he planted in the multi-cultural music he created. These albums he left for us are the soul vapors from his spirit still ascending after his departure. An exceptional human--Yusef Lateef.
Great jazz 2 Jun. 2014
By O. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have loved Yusef Lateef for more years than I care to tell. I was very happy to get this cd as my old one was a lp
Well worth a listen 25 Oct. 2013
By sally slapcabbage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is only my second YL purchase, bought on the basis of hearing the beautiful 'Like it is' and long term ownership of the album 'Autophysiopsychic'. Quite an unusual mix of styles for the rest of the CD, but no regrets.
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