10 January 2007

YUSEF LATEEF - YUSEF LATEEF'S DETROIT


















Yusef goes back to Deroit with a bangin' back beat on this Atlantic lp from 1969.Here's an excellent write up from Tonevendor :
After issuing the spiritually compelling and contemplatively swinging Complete Yusef Lateef in 1967, Dr. Yusef Lateef's sophomore effort for Atlantic shifted gears entirely. Lateef chose his old stomping grounds of Detroit for an evocative musical study of the landscape, people, and spirit and terrain. Lateef spent the late-'50s in the city recording for Savoy, and this recording captures the memory of a great city before it was torn apart by racial strife and economic inequality in 1967. There is no way to make a record that suggests Detroit without rhythm, and Lateef employs plenty of it here in his choice of musicians: conga players Ray Barretto and Norman Pride; Tootie Heath on percussion; Cecil McBee, Roy Brooks, and Bernard Purdie; electric bassist Chuck Rainey; electric guitarist Eric Gale; pianist Hugh Lawson; and a string quartet that included Kermit Moore. In other words, the same band from the Complete Yusef Lateef with some funky additions. The string section, as heard on the opener "Bishop School," "Belle Isle," "Eastern Market," and "Raymond Winchester" is far from the pastoral or classically seeking group of recordings past, but another rhythmic and melodic construct that delves deep into the beat and the almighty riff that this recording is so full of. For all of the soul-jazz pouring forth from the Blue Note and Prestige labels at the time, this album stood apart for its Eastern-tinged melodies on "Eastern Market"; the "Black Bottom," gutbucket, moaning bluesiness on "Russell and Elliot," with Gale and Lateef on tenor trading fours in a slowhanded, low-end groove; and the solid, Motown-glazed, rocking Latin soul of "Belle Isle." The album ends curiously with the nugget "That Lucky Old Sun," played with a back porch feeling, as if the urban-ness of the set, with all of its polyrhytmic intensity and raw soul, had to be tempered at the end of the day with a good-old fashioned sit in the yard as the city's energy swirled around beyond the borders of the fenced lot. Lateef blows a beautiful tenor here, uing a motif from Sonny Rollins' version of the tune and slides it all the way over to Benny Carter in its sheer lyricism. It's the perfect way to close one of Lateef's most misunderstood recordings.
This made a cd re-issue by Collectables Jazz Classics which is still floating around on the net or its ebay for an original-this is ripped from the cd.

17 comments:

DAVID said...

whoah, nice and dirrty sounding lateef.
-david

sulingman said...

Man do I love this record!!
From Nico Gomez
through Sahib Shihab...
you got my number.

sulingman said...

Oh my goodness! I didn't even read the post, I've only heard this on vinyl, and of course my cassette...
here we go....

Beds said...

Just found your site, wonderful :)

How do I get the music?

Keep up the good work.

hevisto said...

Another excellent one. Do you have any Dave Pike Set (Four Reasons, Infra-Red, Riff for Rent, Masterpieces) in your archives?

Gracias.

sulingman said...

beds...
you click on the colored word with the artists name.
at rapidshare, scroll down and click on free.
wait (make sure scripts are allowed, if you use firefox)
type in code click download
use unRar X or similar to unpack music.

Neilson said...

Wow, this record is funky as hell. Thanks!

Stephen V Funk said...

also look around for the out-of-print Lateef CD Box set on the 32 Jazz label: "The Man With The Big Front Yard" -- which compiles this album along with the other Atlantic titles "The Complete Yusef Lateef", "Hush N' Thunder", and "The Doctor is In... And Out."

Great stuff... selling used on amazon.com from $15.00 right now, and prob not hard to find elsewhere either...

bacoso said...

will post the doctor is in and out sometime in the future

J Epstein said...

Outstanding! Thanks.

xmnr0x23 said...

Wow, first track really got my attention! This is a killer... Been a while since I said thanks. Working my way through your shares, and as usual I keep discovering great albums thanks to you, Bacoso!!!

deconstructo said...

what a great find. i remember this one on vinyl back in the day. thoguth i might never hear it again. thanks

famous said...
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famous said...

Yusef is SO hard to find online. The link is *dead* …Any chance of a re-post?

orleyfarm said...

Thanks for this upload and all the great other uploads on your blog. The link for this Yusef Lateef album is dead--any chance of a re-post or re-up or whatever it's called?

williscoulis said...

This album is off the chain dope.

Hakushondaimao said...

The link seems to be dead... File Not Found error. How sad.