24 May 2008

YUSEF LATEEF - LATEEF AT CRANBROOK





















Yusef Lateef for Argo from 1958.
While we all get carried away with the spiritual jazz theme which has been a unifying thread in blogland of late let's not forget the Detroit originator who has burned a trail in exotic,modal and spiritual jazz from the 50s right up to the present day-the mighty Yusef Lateef.
All three of these themes are represented on this live date recorded at Cranbrook University in 1958 moving from the spiritual "Let Every Soul Say Amen"the modal "Morning"the exotic "Brazil"and the 15 minute hard bop/afro cuban workout of Gillespie's "Woody n You" which at 8 minutes moves into a Blakey styled rhythmic mash up with Lateef speaking in tongues over a furious percussion break towards the finish.A truly righteous lp, and one of the first powerful flowerings of the Detroit underground.

Here's what Time had to say about it upon release in 1959:
Lateef at Cranbrook (Yusef Lateef, tenor sax; Frank Morelli, baritone sax; Terry Pollard, piano; William Austin, bass; Frank Gant, drums; Argo). A quintet given to spicing the group sound with finger cymbals, a one-stringed rebab, and a scraped ram's horn turns its talents to exploring Leader-Composer Lateef's oriental-flavored jazz fancies. Morning and Let Every Soul Say Amen may be too exotic for some tastes, but the easy-swinging sax flights of Gillespie's Woody'n You ought to set any pulse to bouncing.

Ripped @320 from the original vinyl-Cadet reissued it in 1971 with a different cover simply titled "Yusef Lateef" but otherwise no reissues in any format.A tough one to track down and expensive if you do-take a look here!

40 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/117204664/Yusef_at_Cranbrook.rar

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso:

nicely done! i saw this last week at a vinyl show and wondered about it. this damned lp went for big money, about 120 sterling!

at least now i can check it out!

cheers, and here is a hearty shout to you and yours,

jn

db said...

great music!
check out
calisoulbrother records
for rare soul, jazz, funk, brazil & latin records!

bluenote124 said...

Good live set this, not heard much Yousef so was good to get a feel of his sound. I am looking for a track by him from back in the old alldayer jazz rooms from the early 80's but can't remember what the track is called unfortunately.

taro nombei said...

Many thanks, Bacoso.
Looking forward to this.
As always, much appreciated!
TN

gilhodges said...

A brilliant share! Still playing and teaching at 88, Yusef is a pioneer and a legend. He is also a gentle, warm and humble person. Praises all 'round.

Art Simon said...

Cool! Great record, thanks for sharing it.

katonah said...

my last snag before a trip to nyc.
and what a beauty, many thanks ...

johnv said...

I've never seen this Lateef record before, so I'll be looking forward to giving it a spin.

Thanks for the shares and all the hard work!

JTF said...

Nice...

IR e L a IXI said...

thanks bacoso!

rydolarue said...

THANK YOU! Yusef is always welcome.

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Pekis said...
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Pekis said...

Hello Bacoso,

Some drops of Jimmy Smith :)

Groove Drops (Verve,1969)
LP>MP3@320
http://rapidshare.com/files/117291287/Groove_Drops.zip.html

I'm Gon' Git Myself Together (Verve,1973)
LP>MP3@320
http://rapidshare.com/files/117308395/I_m_Gon__Git_Myself_Together.zip.html

Lambda said...

awesome lp

Jimbalaya said...

...still waiting in the rapidshare line, but I'm sure this will be good.

thanks!

mrivs said...

Heard the name, not familiar with the man. Thanks for the opportunity to listen to what Lateef has to say

S.Subito said...

thank you!

wooodenelephant said...

Wow. Beautiful music. This has to be one of my favourite posts ever! Great, love the earthy percussion (ram's horn!! fantastic!) and Eastern flavoured sax.
It reminds of Joe Harriott and Amancio De Silva's Hum Dono and the versions of Carr & Rendell's Black Marigolds and Dusk Fire featured on Gilles Peterson's Impressed compilation.
Is there any more specific phrase to describe this stuff than 'spiritual jazz'?
Anyway, can't be said enough - thanks and MASSIVE respect!!

kb said...

awesome set

thanks a lot!

travis.bunn said...

Thank you, this looks great.

Martin said...

wow, thank you! yusef is a living legend and his earlier albums contain some of his best work. I can't wait to listen to this.

JAZZYPIER said...

Great post! Thank u Bacoso!

fritz the cat said...

Thank you Bacoso, as always.

Big Papi said...

Greetings. Yusef was a freiend of my Dad's, I was born and raised in Detroit and Cranbrook is not a university, but a private educational academy that has grades K-12. Thanks for this classic and rare gem.

hookfinger said...

Aw!!!Man what a great find - thank you so much for sharing!1 An lp I could never track down or afford - Thanks again.

mingusal said...

Wow, wow, wow. Have been looking for this one for awhile. I'm also from Detroit. My dad was following Yusef pretty heavily in those days and has a lot of stories to tell. Cranbrook is a fascinating place. Private K-12 school with separate (in those days) boys and girls high schools, a nationally important graduate art & architecture school (where the Eames'studied and taught), an art museum and a science museum, and a mansion, church, and gardens, in a campus largely designed by Eliel Saarinen.

ratface said...

Thanks for sharing, can't wait to check it out!

neil said...

Spiritual; choice; rare.
You know from the number of comments just how valued you are...

wassonii said...

Thank you!

orleyfarm said...

Thanks! I'm excited to hear this. YL was really cooking back then--as it sounds like he is now as well.

mulattikmac said...

Wow,very expensive looks like an Impulse pressing.

MrBill said...

Sounds great - also good to hear more Terry Pollard. Thanks!

Sax Mann said...

Do you have The Gentle Giant by Yusef Lateef?

zardoz1984 said...

Brother Yusef is a true giant of the Great Black Music. Years ago, was already blowing his heart out. Not so far from the same period Ra. Incredible gem, Bacoso !

kreutzman said...

This is gorgeous...thanks.

chazz said...

Glad I have the LP but wish it were early split cover.Argo was cool.Splash color wax,split covers and "Kangaroo Packs" with a extra 45.I have one included with superb J.C. Moses LP on his only LP which isn't even listed in his credits at allmusic.com.Wish I could remember players off hand.Don't have it handy but it's a great LP.
Chazz

sudzy said...

thank you very much. this is one i didn't have. Appreciated!

Hoochie Coochie man said...

Wonderful!! Listening the first track now, and really feeling the vibe.. Thanks so much, again!