Atmospheric modern jazz from Yusef Lateef in 1957.,
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This review is from: The Sounds of Yusef (Audio CD)
The multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef(1920-2013) recorded this excellent quintet session in Hackensack, New Jersey on October 11, 1957.
With Lateef(tenor saxophone, flute, argol, tambourine) were Wilbur Harden(flugelhorn, balloon); Hugh Lawson(piano, Turkish finger cymbals, 7-Up bottle, balloon, bells);Ernie Farrow(bass, rabat) & Oliver Jackson(drums, Chinese gong, earth-board).
Highlights of the five varied and atmospheric tracks are a lengthy version of Billy Strayhorn's 'Take The "A" Train' with fine flute playing from Lateef, 'Love and Humor' which makes effective use of balloons & a 7-Up bottle(!) and 'Buckingham', a showcase for Lateef's tenor saxophone.
Despite the short playing-time of less than 32 minutes 'Sounds of Yusef' is an enjoyable example of the inventive and Eastern-influenced modern jazz Lateef was playing in the late 1950s.