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Eastern Sounds (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

7 Aug 2006

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Aug. 2006
  • Release Date: 7 Aug. 2006
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:04
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  • ASIN: B001KH0BA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,499 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By an anonymous enthusiast on 30 Nov. 2010
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This album is widely acknowledged as one of the crowning glories of Yusef Lateef's career, and it is easy to see why. An eastern influence does permeate much of the material, but it is no gimmick. Yusef Lateef made a study of exotic scales and he knew how to use them without it sounding in the least bit contrived. The eclecticism of both the tunes and the instrumentation (Lateef plays the Chinese globular flute on one track and an oboe on another) works because of a clear unity of purpose which is apparent throughout the album. Accessibility is balanced against innovation and the result is immensely rewarding.
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I had this on vinyl soon after it became available. Even after fifty odd years I enjoy it. It some ways it is "gentle music" and was / is a respite from some of the frenetic experimentation that some of his peers were involved in. About this time (1961) a number of musicians showed an interest in Japanese music e.g. Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck. Thelonious Monk used some concepts of chinese music. This was Lateef's attempt at producing music with elements of oriental music, though some tracks sound pretty "standard" to me.
Yusef Lateef plays tenor and flute, but adds the oboe very successfully too, and the first track involves a gadget known as the "Chinese Globular Flute", an instrument I guess rather like an ocarina, with just a five note scale! Limiting? Yes, but Lateef manages a tune and to improvise too!
Supported by the magnificent Barry Harris (somewhat underrated pianist), Ed Farrow (bass) and Lex Humphries (drums).
Just eight tunes (the original vinyl album) of great variety, engagingly simple for the most part. A delightful album that has stood the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary sargeant on 14 Sept. 2013
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Had the vinyl for years finally it gave up the ghost. I got this CD. Not as mellow a sound as vinyl but still a wonderful timeless album.
Mary
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This quartet session was originally recorded for the PRESTIGE MOODSVILLE label in New Jersey on September 5, 1961 with the great multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef(tenor saxophone, oboe, flute); Barry Harris(piano); Ernie Farrow(bass, rabat) & Lex Humpries(drums).
Lateef was exploring Eastern music well before John Coltrane and several of his exotic compositions are presented here.
Highlights are 'The Plum Blossom' featuring the five-note clay flute, his oboe playing on Blues For The Orient' and Lateef's hard-driving tenor saxophone on 'Snafu'.
'Eastern Sounds' is a beautiful and varied album which displays Lateef's wide-ranging musical talents.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on 9 Sept. 2011
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Lateef does not have much original to say on this album and nor do his accompanists. He plays, in a desultory way, with 'exotic' scales and harmonies, but to little purpose.
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