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Gentle Giant
Yusef Lateef
Gentle Giant
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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Damn funky Yusef Lateef! The record's one of Lateef's best on Atlantic -- as it combines the funky style the label was working him in, with some of the more complicated, tripped-out styles he was forging on earlier records...  more »

      
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All Artists: Yusef Lateef
Title: Gentle Giant
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1972
Re-Release Date: 7/15/2008
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Africa, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 664140160224

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Damn funky Yusef Lateef! The record's one of Lateef's best on Atlantic -- as it combines the funky style the label was working him in, with some of the more complicated, tripped-out styles he was forging on earlier records. The standout cut is the long take on Kenny Barron's "Nubian Lady" which begins the record -- and Kenny also contributed the tighter grooving "Jungle Plum". Other tracks include "African Song", "Queen Of The Night", "Poor Fishermen", "Below Yellow Bell", and a strange version of "Hey Jude" that goes on for a long time, and really messes with the volume -- listed on the cover with the note "Do not adjust the playback level on your audio equipment -- readjust your mind!"

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CD Reviews

Lowrider Jazz?
John J. Knapik | Orlando, FL | 01/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The song "Nubian Lady" is classic slow r&b jazz. The song reminds me of driving around the ghetto at 3AM on a warm summer night. With windows down you creep from street to street taking in the nightly sights, sounds, and smells. The rest of the disc falls into the same r&b jazz category...some of it with an exotic feel. My only complaint is the cover of "Hey Jude".... it's simply awful. The sound quality is so bad that the inlay card for the CD says "Dont adjust your sound system, adjust your mind." I found it easier to adjust by skipping this track entirely. This album sounds very dated but that adds to the value of this music. The flutes and the electric piano are so tight. There are some strange vocals on a few songs but they aren't lyrical. These vocals only add to the dark ghetto mystique of this disc. Dont be afraid to check this out."
Looking back
N. Fisher | East Coast United States | 05/11/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this on vinyl for one dollar at a yard sale. It's rather nice to listen to, slow breakbeats and flute, guitar and strings. There's a nice head nodding rhythm to the tracks, while various people very nicely jam on the flute, etc. It's funky, and light. Something I'd listen to on a sunny day with the windows up. The hey Jude track isn't bad, and I didn't consider it to be too bad of recording quality. I was suprised at the quality of all the music, actually. I'm not familiar with lots of music from this era, but do listen to and collect all genres of music and this is a very welcome addition."
Nice auto-physio-psychic music played by the greatest ever
Aaron Wolfe | 08/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Check this out! Matter of fact check out every single Yusef Lateef release in the catalog. Beginners should purchase "Every Village has a song" others should move on to "The man with the big Back yard" BUY IT BUY IT!!!!"