Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2020

Yusef Lateef ‎– The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (1960)

On "The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef", Riverside seems eager to present Yusef Lateef, technical virtuoso, on a series of songs that step closer to jazz tradition than any of his work in the recent past. Largely absent are Lateef's experiments with Eastern modes, rhythms, and instrumentation, and in their place is a collection of largely upbeat, accessible songs, with a balanced mix of standards and originals. 

Much of the introspective, personal quality of his previo us albums seems lost in the effort, but Lateef's playing still remains stellar, especially on oboe. That instrument, which is by nature soft and muted, is given enough power by Lateef to lead on several songs, most beautifully on "Salt Water Blues," where its naturally melancholy sound seems perfectly matched with the low, rounded tones of Lateef's rhythm section, especially Ron Carter's bowed cello. The quintet also shines on the following track, Joe Zawinul's "Lateef Minor 7th," where they provide a gentle counterpoint to Lateef's sweet flute line. Not quite as expansive or daring as much of Lateef's other recordings, "The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef" still documents a fine musician at work during the peak of his career.


Goin' Home 4:59
I'm Just A Lucky So And So 4:33
Quarantine 6:56
From Within 4:07
Salt Water Blues 6:44
Lateef Minor 7th 4:56
Adoration 4:28
Ma - He's Makin' Eyes At Me 5:50

Yusef Lateef ‎– The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (1960)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

4 Kommentare:

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

I don't know this album but it's always rewarding listening to Yusef Lateef. Thanks!

zero hat gesagt…

Glad you like Yusef Lateef. Best wishes!

peacenik hat gesagt…

Thanks Zero, nice album by a great artist. Still hip 60 years later with a song called "Quarantine"!

zero hat gesagt…

Yeah, what a coincidence! Thanks for your feedback!

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