RIP Yusef Lateef
December 23, 2013 9:53 PM   Subscribe

Today was marked by the passing of the venerable Yusef Lateef. Perhaps best known for his Eastern Sounds, he notably played with the Cannonball Adderly sextet. A largish (89 song) youtube playlist.
posted by juv3nal (29 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
I loved him! Rest in Peace Brother!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:57 PM on December 23, 2013


Aw man. Some of my favorites: Mystique. First Gymnopedie. Eastern Market.
RIP number 7
posted by todayandtomorrow at 9:58 PM on December 23, 2013


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posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:06 PM on December 23, 2013


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posted by Avelwood at 11:09 PM on December 23, 2013


Oh wow. I studied music performance at Hampshire College and took his class twice. It was consistently a deep, astounding experience. He always listened to the young musicians in his class without prejudice, while pushing them to excel, and was an encouraging, positive presence. He came to my Div III performance and sincerely complimented me after hearing my performance, although I felt I didn't deserve it--but he could always hear what his students were striving for. I will always remember him as a warm and wonderful person.

Rest in peace, Yusef.

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posted by dubitable at 11:11 PM on December 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


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posted by mykescipark at 11:26 PM on December 23, 2013


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posted by Spatch at 11:39 PM on December 23, 2013


Ah, shit.
posted by converge at 12:32 AM on December 24, 2013


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posted by lapolla at 12:43 AM on December 24, 2013


I really enjoy The Doctor is In and Out.
posted by Hoopo at 1:23 AM on December 24, 2013


I'm a huge fan of his Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns, which Lateef describes as a thesaurus, but is just a huge grab bag of musical ideas from around the world. A glorious thing to just pick a page at random from and work through it for a couple of hours. Of all the books I bought when I was younger this is my favourite, largely because it was more interested in showing me things than teaching me anything.
posted by Grangousier at 1:53 AM on December 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


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One of those musicians one discovers and asks "Where has this awesome thing been all my life?!!?"
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 3:14 AM on December 24, 2013


Damn it!

RIP Mr Lateef.

(Give Live at Pep's a try.....)
posted by On the Corner at 3:19 AM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


My entrance music

Love Yusef Lateef, we were listening to him just yesterday.

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posted by louche mustachio at 3:58 AM on December 24, 2013


The man made it to 93. A good, long, healthy run! Fantastic musician, he made the world a better place. RIP Yusef Lateef.

A friend of mine named Werner Penzel (who's based here in Japan) along with Nicholas Humbert made a documentary film on him just a few years back, called Brother Yusef. Check it out.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:02 AM on December 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


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posted by sutt at 5:16 AM on December 24, 2013


A well played life. Mad respect.

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posted by spitbull at 5:28 AM on December 24, 2013


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posted by chance at 5:36 AM on December 24, 2013


Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns, which Lateef describes as a thesaurus

Are you sure you aren't thinking of this? A lot of jazz musicians followed Coltrane in studying it
posted by thelonius at 5:54 AM on December 24, 2013


Soulnik!

Doug Watkins featuring Yusef Lateef.
posted by maggiemaggie at 6:53 AM on December 24, 2013


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posted by oceanjesse at 7:28 AM on December 24, 2013


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posted by El Brendano at 8:00 AM on December 24, 2013


Thelonius, Grangousier is probably thinking of this.
posted by kenko at 8:02 AM on December 24, 2013


Yes, I was. I mean, I had it in front of me and transcribed the title from the cover. And then I opened it and had a bit of a noodle. Thanks, Yusef!
posted by Grangousier at 8:57 AM on December 24, 2013


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posted by klausness at 9:42 AM on December 24, 2013


wow, I did not know of Lateef's book - thanks

RIP - a long life, well lived
posted by thelonius at 1:36 PM on December 24, 2013


RIP
Many years ago I was looking for some Jazz and just sorta stumbled up on Gentle Giant (which I believe is a compilation album) and it looked good, and was very pleasantly surprised at what I heard.

When I'm in the mood for a nice slow groove and feeling chill, it's one of my top choices.

93, that's a good long life :)
posted by symbioid at 3:35 PM on December 24, 2013


Ringo Starr, at a press conference held before his going into hospital to have his tonsils removed told an interviewer he'd bring some records along: Bob Dylan, James Brown, the Supremes, Yusef Lateef, Chico Hamilton...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:06 PM on December 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


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posted by gusandrews at 11:32 PM on December 24, 2013


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