Yusef Lateef

Real Name:
William Emanuel Huddleston
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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.
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MG 1211J, MG-12115 Yusef Lateef - Stable Mates album art Yusef Lateef / A.K. Salim Yusef Lateef / A.K. Salim - Stable Mates Savoy Records, Savoy Records MG 1211J, MG-12115 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG V-8217 Yusef Lateef - Before Dawn: The Music Of Yusef Lateef album art Yusef Lateef Before Dawn: The Music Of Yusef Lateef (Album) Verve Records MG V-8217 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12103, MG-12103 Yusef Lateef - Jazz Mood album art Yusef Lateef Jazz Mood (Album) Savoy Records, Savoy Records MG 12103, MG-12103 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12109 Yusef Lateef - Jazz For The Thinker album art Yusef Lateef Jazz For The Thinker (Album) Savoy Records MG 12109 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12117, MG-12117 Yusef Lateef - Prayer To The East album art Yusef Lateef Prayer To The East (Album) Savoy Records, Savoy Records MG 12117, MG-12117 US 1957 Sell This Version
MG 12120 Yusef Lateef - Jazz And The Sounds Of Nature album art Yusef Lateef Jazz And The Sounds Of Nature (Album) Savoy Records MG 12120 US 1958 Sell This Version
LP 634 Yusef Lateef - Lateef At Cranbrook album art Yusef Lateef Lateef At Cranbrook (Album) Argo (6) LP 634 US 1958 Sell This Version
NJLP 8218 Yusef Lateef - Other Sounds album art Yusef Lateef Other Sounds (Album) New Jazz NJLP 8218 US 1959 Sell This Version
NJLP 8234 Yusef Lateef - Cry! Tender album art Yusef Lateef Cry! Tender (Album) Prestige, New Jazz NJLP 8234 US 1960 Sell This Version
RLP 337 Yusef Lateef - The Centaur And The Phoenix album art Yusef Lateef The Centaur And The Phoenix (Album) Riverside Records RLP 337 US 1960 Sell This Version
RLP 1176 Yusef Lateef - The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef album art Yusef Lateef The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef (Album) Riverside Records RLP 1176 US 1960 Sell This Version
NJ 8272, NJLP 8272 Yusef Lateef - Into Something album art Yusef Lateef Into Something (Album) New Jazz, New Jazz NJ 8272, NJLP 8272 US 1961 Sell This Version
PR 7319 Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds album art Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds (Album) Moodsville PR 7319 US 1961 Sell This Version
PLP-814-S Yusef Lateef - Lost In Sound album art Yusef Lateef Lost In Sound (Album) Charlie Parker Records PLP-814-S US 1962 Sell This Version
688 505 ZL Yusef Lateef - Contemplation album art Louis Hayes, Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Barry Harris (2), Sam Jones Louis Hayes, Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Barry Harris (2), Sam Jones - Contemplation (Album) Fontana 688 505 ZL Germany 1963 Sell This Version
A-56 Yusef Lateef - Jazz 'Round The World album art Yusef Lateef Jazz 'Round The World (Album) Impulse! A-56 US 1964 Sell This Version
DL-407 Yusef Lateef - Yusef album art Yusef Lateef With Donald Byrd Yusef Lateef With Donald Byrd - Yusef (Album) Delmark Records DL-407 US 1965 Sell This Version
A-92 Yusef Lateef - Psychicemotus album art Yusef Lateef Psychicemotus (Album) Impulse!, Impulse! A-92 US 1965 Sell This Version
PR 7398, PRST 7398 Yusef Lateef - The Sounds Of Yusef album art Yusef Lateef The Sounds Of Yusef (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7398, PRST 7398 US 1965 Sell This Version
A-84 Yusef Lateef - 1984 album art Yusef Lateef 1984 (Album) Impulse! A-84 US 1965 Sell This Version
MAS-90216 Yusef Lateef - Live At Pep's album art Yusef Lateef Live At Pep's (Album) Impulse! MAS-90216 US 1965 Sell This Version
AS-9117, A-9117 Yusef Lateef - A Flat, G Flat And C album art Yusef Lateef A Flat, G Flat And C (Album) Impulse! AS-9117, A-9117 US 1966 Sell This Version
IP 9125 Yusef Lateef - The Golden Flute album art Yusef Lateef The Golden Flute (Album) Impulse! IP 9125 US 1966 Sell This Version
SD 1499 Yusef Lateef - The Complete Yusef Lateef album art Yusef Lateef The Complete Yusef Lateef (Album) Atlantic SD 1499 US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 1508 Yusef Lateef - The Blue Yusef Lateef album art Yusef Lateef The Blue Yusef Lateef (Album) Atlantic SD 1508 US 1968 Sell This Version