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Ahead of Its Time
on 30 November 2010
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.