5 July 2008


Yusef Lateef for Atlantic from 1975
Dusty Groove :A spacious mid 70s set from Yusef Lateef -- with some numbers showing his more soaringly spiritual bent -- and others hewing towards a more bluesy or loosely funky vein. Tracked live in San Francisco, some numbers were later augmented with overdubbed strings and vocals there's some nicely thumping elements of earthy percussion, loose moments, and quiet passages that sometimes build slowly, and at others change abruptly for maximum impact. The set features several longer selections, including the suite divided "Samba De Amor" in three sections, plus "Yusef's Mood" and "I Be Cold" all approach or crossing the 20 minute mark -- plus nice takes on "But Beautiful" and " A Flower". The group features Kenny Barron on piano and cowbell, Bob Cunningham on bass and bells, Albert Kuumba Heath on percussion and flute, and Bill Salter on bass alongside Lateef whose working with tenor sax, flutes, oboe, thumb piano and percussion
320 rip.