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Yusef Lateef

fl, ts, 1920-2013 US, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. William Emanuel Huddleston Joe Gentle William Evans (6)

Yusef Lateef (born October 9, 1920, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - died December 23, 2013, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America, following his conversion to Islam in 1950. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. Yusef Lateef had an inquisitive spirit and was never just a bop or hard bop soloist. Lateef, did not care much for the term "jazz", consistently creating music that stretched (and even broken through) boundaries. A superior tenor saxophonist with a soulful sound and impressive technique, by the 1950's, Lateef was one of the top flutists around. He also developed into a talented jazz soloist on the oboe, was an occasional bassoonist, and introduced such instruments as the arghul (a double clarinet that resembles a bassoon), shanai (a type of oboe), and different types of flutes. Lateef played "world music" long before the term was coined.

  • Flute
  • Tenor sax
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Folk
Popular Tracks   
Michelle on Suite 16 by Yusef Lateef
Love Theme From Spartacus - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster / 2006 on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef
The Plum Blossom - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef
Don't Blame Me - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef
Love Theme From The Robe - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef
First Gymnopedie on Psychicemotus by Yusef Lateef
Woodward Avenue on Yusef Lateef's Detroit Latitude 42º 30º Longitude 83º by Yusef Lateef
Like It Is - Remastered on The Blue Yusef Lateef by Yusef Lateef
The Three Faces Of Balal - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef
Ching Miau - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster on Eastern Sounds by Yusef Lateef

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Title Artist Year Type
Milestones Of A LegendYusef Lateef2016Album
Live at Ronnie Scott'sYusef Lateef2016Album
The Complete Recordings 1959-1962Yusef Lateef2015Album
Four Classic Albums PlusYusef Lateef2015Compil.
1984 / The Golden FluteYusef Lateef2015Compil.
The Complete Recordings 1957-1959Yusef Lateef2015Compil.
Yusef Lateef Quintet Featuring Terry PollardYusef Lateef2015Compil.
Ahmad Jamal Featuring Yusef Lateef/ Live At The Olympia June 27.2012Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef2014Album
Four Classic Albums (Sounds Of Lateef / The Three Faces Of Lateef / Lateef At Cranbrook / The Centaur And The Phoenix) Original recording remasteredYusef Lateef2014Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsYusef Lateef2014Compil.
Voice PrintsYusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, Adam Rudolph, Douglas Ewart2013Album
Eight Classic AlbumsYusef Lateef2013Compil.
Six Classic AlbumsYusef Lateef2012Compil.
Roots Run DeepYusef Lateef, Nicolas Humbert, Marc Parisotto2012Album
Ballads & DreamsYusef Lateef2012Compil.
Jungle FantasyYusef Lateef2011Compil.
Cry! - Tender + Lost In SoundYusef Lateef2010Compil.
Towards The UnknownYusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph2010Album
Introducing Yusef LateefYusef Lateef2008Compil.
Complete 1957 Sessions With Hugh LawsonYusef Lateef2008Compil.
Brother YusefYusef Lateef2005Single
Beautiful FlowersYusef Lateef2005Compil.
InfluenceBelmondo, Yusef Lateef2005Album
Live In LondonYusef Lateef2004Album
In The GardenYusef Lateef, Adam Rudolph, Go: Organic Orchestra2003Album
The Last Savoy SessionsYusef Lateef2002Compil.
Soul Song/The DiverseShirley Scott / Yusef Lateef2000Compil.
Beyond The SkyYusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph2000Album
A GiftYusef Lateef2000Album
Gettin' It TogetherFreddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller and Yusef Lateef1999Compil.
Live In SeattleYusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph1999Album
Live At Pep's Volume TwoYusef Lateef1999Album
Separate But EqualRoland Kirk / Yusef Lateef1999Compil.
9 BagatellesYusef Lateef1998Album
The Man With The Big Front YardYusef Lateef1998Compil.
The World At Peace, Music For 12 MusiciansYusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph1997Album
Sonata FantasiaYusef Lateef, Alex Marcelo1997Album
Tenors OfYusef Lateef & Ricky Ford1996Album
WoodwindsYusef Lateef And Ralph Jones1996Album
Every Village Has A Song: The Yusef Lateef AnthologyYusef Lateef1994Compil.
The Diverse Yusef Lateef / Suite 16Yusef Lateef1994Compil.
The African-American Epic Suite For Quintet And OrchestraYusef Lateef1994Album
Tenors Featuring Rene McLeanYusef Lateef Featuring Rene McLean1993Album
Metamorphosis ∞Yusef Lateef1993Album
Tenors Of Yusef Lateef And Von FreemanYusef Lateef, Von Freeman1992Album
Heart VisionYusef Lateef1992Album
Tenors Of Yusef Lateef And Archie SheppYusef Lateef And Archie Shepp1992Album
EncountersYusef Lateef1991Album
MeditationsYusef Lateef1990Album
NocturnesYusef Lateef1989Album
Concerto For Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1988Album
Yusef Lateef's Little SymphonyYusef Lateef1987Album
In NigeriaYusef Lateef1985Album
Hikima - CreativityYusef Lateef1983Album
A Day With Cannonball Adderley 1963Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes1982Album
Yusef's BagYusef Lateef1981Compil.
In A Temple GardenYusef Lateef1979Album
Angel EyesYusef Lateef1979Compil.
GongYusef Lateef1978Compil.
The Live SessionYusef Lateef1978Album
Something You GotArt Farmer With Yusef Lateef & David Matthews Orchestra1977Album
AutophysiopsychicYusef Lateef With Art Farmer1977Album
Robot Man / Look On The Right SideYusef Lateef1977Single
Club DateYusef Lateef1976Album
The Doctor Is In ...And OutYusef Lateef1976Album
MorningYusef Lateef1976Compil.
10 Years HenceYusef Lateef1975Album
Sax MastersLester Young & Yusef Lateef1975Compil.
Part Of The SearchYusef Lateef1974Album
Blues For The OrientYusef Lateef1974Compil.
Hush 'N' ThunderYusef Lateef1973Album
The Many Faces Of Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1973Compil.
Reevaluations: The Impulse YearsYusef Lateef1973Compil.
SuperfineYusef Lateef1973Single
Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1972Compil.
The Gentle GiantYusef Lateef1972Album
Nubian LadyYusef Lateef1972Single
The Best Of Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1971Compil.
The Diverse Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1970Album
Suite 16Yusef Lateef1970Album
Buddy & LouYusef Lateef1970Single
Bishop School / Raymond WinchesterYusef Lateef1969Single
Yusef Lateef's Detroit Latitude 42° 30' Longitude 83°Yusef Lateef1969Album
The Blue Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1968Album
The Complete Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1968Album
Stay With Me / OtheliaYusef Lateef1967Single
Yusef Lateef Plays For LoversYusef Lateef1966Compil.
Sea BreezeYusef Lateef1966Single
A Flat, G Flat And CYusef Lateef1966Album
The Golden FluteYusef Lateef1966Album
Live At Pep'sYusef Lateef1965Album
1984Yusef Lateef1965Album
PsychicemotusYusef Lateef1965Album
Jazz 'Round The WorldYusef Lateef1964Album
LiveYusef Lateef1962Single
Lost In SoundYusef Lateef1962Album
I'll Remember April / Blues For The OrientYusef Lateef1961Single
Eastern SoundsYusef Lateef1961Album
Jungle FantasyYusef Lateef1961Single
Into SomethingYusef Lateef1961Album
Love Theme From Spartacus / SnafuYusef Lateef1961Single
Cry! TenderYusef Lateef1960Album
The Three Faces Of Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1960Album
Salt Water Blues / Goin' HomeYusef Lateef1960Single
The Centaur And The PhoenixYusef Lateef1960Album
Other SoundsYusef Lateef1959Album
The Fabric Of JazzYusef Lateef1959Album
The DreamerYusef Lateef1959Album
Jazz And The Sounds Of NatureYusef Lateef1958Album
Cookin' / Marching Piper BluesYusef Lateef1958Single
Lateef At CranbrookYusef Lateef1958Album
Jazz For The ThinkerYusef Lateef1957Album
Before Dawn: The Music Of Yusef LateefYusef Lateef1957Album
Jazz MoodYusef Lateef1957Album
Stable MatesYusef Lateef1957Album
Prayer To The EastYusef Lateef1957Album
Love Theme From Spartacus / Hunk Of HeavenYusef Lateef / LemuriaSingle
G. Bouk / Plenty For KennyYusef Lateef, Kenny Clarke/Ernie Wilkins SeptetSingle
Sea Breeze / DopolousYusef LateefSingle
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