Interview: Yusef Lateef (Part 1) - JazzWax

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February 06, 2008


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What a beautiful inspiration to all people alike.


Yusef is one of the greats

Ernie Triplett and he go back a long way

ET was one of Yusef's first students

I'm looking to contact Yusef

and put into motion some kind of contact

or reunion




Yusef Lateef can really create wonderful unusual musical moods. His best album in my opinion is A Flat, G Flat & C, and its STILL not available on cd. Its one of his Impulse albums. His earlier Prestige lps and his Detroit album is excellent as well.

Vance Garnett

I saw Yusef with the Cannonball Adderley quintet in 64 at the Howard Theatre here in Washington. Then I followed the show to the Appolo in Harlem. Also on the bill was the
Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Herbie Mann Quartet Nancy Wilson, and Oscar Brown Jr. What a show indeed! The captivating song "Primativo" featured Yusef to full advantage. I've never been able to find Mr. Lateef's recording of the theme song from "The Prize" after I heard it on a juke box in New Brunswick, NJ.

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