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Yusef Lateef

Real Name:Yusef Abdul Lateef (née William Emanuel Huddleston)
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American jazz musician, artist, composer, and producer.

Born: 9 October 1920 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Died: 23 December 2013 in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (aged 93).

Lateef was a 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.

Lateef had an inquisitive spirit and was never just a bop or hard bop soloist. He 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 1950s 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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Aliases:Joe Gentle, William Evans (6)
In Groups:Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Sextet, Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra, Donald Byrd Sextet, Doug Watkins Quintet, Ray Brown All-Star Big Band, Slide Hampton Orchestra, The Ernie Wilkins Orchestra, The Universal Quartet, The Yusef Lateef Quintet, Yusef Lateef Quartet, Yusef Lateef Sextet
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