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Blue Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef
Blue Yusef Lateef
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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A master of the tenor sax and myriad other woodwind instruments, Yusef Lateef is joined on this 1968 date by an all-star ensemble that features trumpeter Blue Mitchell, bassist Cecil Brooks, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Th...  more »


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All Artists: Yusef Lateef
Title: Blue Yusef Lateef
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1968
Re-Release Date: 2/25/1992
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Africa, Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075678227028

A master of the tenor sax and myriad other woodwind instruments, Yusef Lateef is joined on this 1968 date by an all-star ensemble that features trumpeter Blue Mitchell, bassist Cecil Brooks, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. They delve into the spirituals on "Juba, Juba," and the blues on "Othelia," "Back Home," and "Six Miles Next Door." "Moon Cup" is an impassioned Afro-Eurasian eclipse of the medieval plainchant and Filipino chant, while "Get Over, Get Off, and Get On" sounds like it could be a track from the original Shaft. The standout track is "Like It Is," a hypnotic midtempo blues composition laced with strings, background vocals, and Lateef's exotic sax and bamboo flute. Here's further proof that this master's aural explorations broadened jazz and paved the way for world music's enduring popularity. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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A 33 year old unresolved puzzle......
Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 07/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
prospero72 | Cox's Creek, Kentucky | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"REVIEW: Yusef was a leading exponent of world music long 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, shannie, and tamboura) into his jazz and (in this case) blues mix. His sax playing 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 a bang similar to a slave ship drum that builds a slow going, torturous pace leavened only by Yusef's plaintive flute and the background vocal chants of "freedom, freedom, freedom". After such a somber beginning the beautiful "Like It Is" seems a welcome breath of fresh air that is highlighted by a gorgeous string quartet. The r&b workouts "Othelia", "Get Over, Get Off And Get On", "Sun Dog", and "Six Miles Next Door" helps to authenticate Lateef's bluesy excursion while the more truly adventuresome tracks like "Back Home" and the mystical, Chinese odyssey "Moon Cup" weave a magical web of musical enchantment and delight (the latter of which features Yusef, supposedly, 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 pure, unadulterated genius. HARSH LANGUAGE: none. VIOLENCE: none. SEXUAL REFERENCES: none. DRUG REFERENCES: none.