Yusef Lateef, Roots Run Deep II from “Roots Run Deep” (2012) [6.13]
* Recitation of verses from the Qu’ran [2.26]
Yusef Lateef, Love and Humor from “The Sound Of Yusef” (1957) [6.12]
* Dhikr (Remembrance) [2.18]
Yusef Lateef, 1984 from “
1984” (1965) [8.16]
* Dunya Yunis, Abul Zeluf [3.03]
John Coltrane, Mars from “Interstellar Space” (1974) [10.46]
* Baba Hakim, Tanbur Solo [4.44]
Yusef Lateef, Three Faces of Balal from “Eastern Sound” (1920) [2.23]
* Gunbri (folk song) [2.53]
Sun Ra, Voice of Space from “Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy” (1963) [7.43]
* Tahlil [6.19]
Yusef Lateef, Nubian Lady from “The Gentle Giant” (1972) [6.33]
* Wasinxzama Khan Naseri and Nazir Ahmad, Kavali [4.37]
Yusef Lateef, First Gymnopedie from “Psychicemotus” (1965) [3.30]
* Hussein Ali Zodeh, Tar solo [4.55]
Yusef Lateef, Interior Monologue from “Roots Run Deep” (2012) [3.38]
Tracks marked with * are from the album “Music in The World Of Islam, Vol. 1: Human Voice, Lutes” (Topic Records, 1994)
Yusef Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920) is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950.
Although Lateef's main instruments are the tenor saxophone and flute, he also plays oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also uses a number of world music instruments, notably the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, arghul, sarewa, and koto. He is known for his innovative blending of jazz with "Eastern" music.
Lateef's sound has been claimed to have been a major influence on the saxophonist John Coltrane, whose later period free jazz recordings contain similarly 'Eastern' traits. For a time (1963–66) Lateef was signed to Coltrane's label, Impulse. He had a regular working group during this period, with trumpeter Richard Williams and Mike Nock on piano. They enjoyed a residency at Pep's Lounge during June 1964; an evening of which was issued across several albums.
In 1960, Lateef again returned to school, studying flute at the Manhattan School of Music in
He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music in 1969 and a Master's Degree in Music
Education in 1970. Starting in 1971, he taught courses in autophysiopsychic
music at the Manhattan School of Music, and he became an associate professor at
the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York 1972. In 1975, Lateef
completed his dissertation on Western and Islamic education and earned a Ed.D.
in Education from the University of Massachusetts . Amherst
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