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on 13 January 2011
I first heard selections from Yusef Lateef's Detroit as a teenager when Radio 2 ran a series on the history of Atlantic Records. From just a few snatches of music, I knew this was a record I simply had to track down. If nothing else, I reckoned the track "Russel & Eliot" would be worth the asking price. I was not wrong.

Around 15 years later I realised the CD (and vinyl) were available online and instantly purchased both.

This is a fantastic album, with black American funk musicians joining Lateef's African musicians in a rare fusion of (at least) two styles of music.

What you get is a walk through the sights, sounds, smells of the city of Detroit. Told musically by Yusef's flute and clarinet, African bells, upright bass, electric bass, drums and assorted brass and string backing instruments. Somehow the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

The final track, Lateef's take on 'That Lucky Old Sun' is performed by his band only, and closes the album perfectly.

Production is a little muddy by today's standards. I've only heard the "remastered" CD and vinyl I do not know if the original vinyl sounds better - sometimes these "remastered" albums are taken from 3rd or worse generation tapes.
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4.6 out of 5 stars