Only the Best of Yusef Lateef, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Essentially, this seven-disc box contains most -- though not all -- of the titles that Collectables Records released individually from Yusef Lateef's long tenure with Atlantic Records. They are not compiled chronologically, there isn't any booklet to accompany them, and the slipcase itself is rather ugly. That said, the great majority of the music here is truly brilliant. There's the band that made The Complete Yusef Lateef in 1967, the tough and funky Yusef Lateef's Detroit: Latitude 42º 30' Longitude 83º, and The Blue Yusef Lateef in 1969. The musicians on those sessions included Lateef (vocals, alto and tenor saxophones, flute, oboe); Hugh Lawson (piano); Cecil McBee ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Essentially, this seven-disc box contains most -- though not all -- of the titles that Collectables Records released individually from Yusef Lateef's long tenure with Atlantic Records. They are not compiled chronologically, there isn't any booklet to accompany them, and the slipcase itself is rather ugly. That said, the great majority of the music here is truly brilliant. There's the band that made The Complete Yusef Lateef in 1967, the tough and funky Yusef Lateef's Detroit: Latitude 42º 30' Longitude 83º, and The Blue Yusef Lateef in 1969. The musicians on those sessions included Lateef (vocals, alto and tenor saxophones, flute, oboe); Hugh Lawson (piano); Cecil McBee (bass); and Roy Brooks (drums). Two more spacious mid-'70s recordings are included as well in Hush 'n' Thunder and The Doctor Is in & Out, both with stellar lineups. Finally, there are two adventurous, multi-textured, classically disciplined works from the late '80s and early '90s: Concerto for Yusef Lateef (1988) and Yusef Lateef's Encounters (the latter 1991 album stars a young Nnenna Freelon).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431117323
  • Catalog Number: 1173
  • Sales rank: 170,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Juba Juba (4:23)
  2. 2 Like It Is (7:35)
  3. 3 Othelia (4:37)
  4. 4 Moon Cup (3:18)
  5. 5 Back Home (5:03)
  6. 6 Get Over, Get Off and Get On (3:46)
  7. 7 Six Miles Next Door (4:46)
  8. 8 Sun Dog (3:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rosalie (5:28)
  2. 2 In the Evening (6:41)
  3. 3 Kongsberg (6:12)
  4. 4 Stay with Me (5:21)
  5. 5 See Line Woman (6:24)
  6. 6 Brother (4:57)
  7. 7 You're Somewhere Thinking of Me (3:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 First Movement (7:04)
  2. 2 Second Movement (4:00)
  3. 3 Third Movement (2:52)
  4. 4 Fourth Movement (2:17)
  5. 5 Fifth Movement (2:19)
  6. 6 Sixth Movement (3:40)
  7. 7 Seventh Movement (3:39)
  8. 8 Eight Movement (2:27)
  9. 9 Ninth Movement (5:35)
  10. 10 Tenth Movement (1:21)
  11. 11 Eleventh Movement (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bishop School (3:01)
  2. 2 Livingston Playground (3:40)
  3. 3 Eastern Market (4:14)
  4. 4 Belle Isle (3:14)
  5. 5 Russell and Eliot (4:49)
  6. 6 Raymond Winchester (2:37)
  7. 7 Woodward Avenue (2:13)
  8. 8 That Lucky Old Sun (7:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Improvisers (7:55)
  2. 2 Hellbound (6:38)
  3. 3 Mystique (7:42)
  4. 4 Mississippi Mud (2:53)
  5. 5 Mushmouth (6:28)
  6. 6 Technological Homosapien (5:19)
  7. 7 Street Musicians (2:57)
  8. 8 In a Little Spanish Town (Twas on a Night Like This) (3:26)
Disc 6
  1. 1 5th Encounter (2:42)
  2. 2 1st Encounter (4:51)
  3. 3 6th Encounter (2:55)
  4. 4 4th Encounter (2:16)
  5. 5 12th Encounter (3:27)
  6. 6 11th Encounter (6:44)
  7. 7 8th Encounter (3:28)
  8. 8 2nd Encounter (3:15)
  9. 9 7th Encounter (3:06)
  10. 10 9th Encounter (3:55)
  11. 11 3rd Encounter (2:14)
  12. 12 15th Encounter (2:40)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Come Sunday (2:35)
  2. 2 The Hump (4:44)
  3. 3 Opus, Pt. 1/Opus, Pt. 2 (8:01)
  4. 4 This Old Building (2:41)
  5. 5 Prayer (3:14)
  6. 6 Sunset (7:53)
  7. 7 His Eye Is on the Sparrow (5:33)
  8. 8 Destination Paradise (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yusef Lateef Primary Artist, Flute, Piano, scratching, Alto Flute, Keyboards, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Tamboura, Bamboo Flute, Finger Flute, Shannie
Ray Barretto Conga
Roy Brooks Drums
Ray Bryant Piano
Thad Jones Trumpet
Cecil McBee Bass
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Jimmy Owens Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sonny Red Alto Saxophone
Hugh Lawson Piano
Danny Moore Trumpet
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Tony Vacca Percussion, Gong, talking drum, Moroccan Drum, Paiste Cymbals
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
David Nadien Violin
Kenny Barron Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Selwart Clarke String Quartet
Judy Clay Background Vocals
George Cooke Electric Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Bob Cunningham Bass
Robert Daley Guitar
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Jonathan Dorn Tuba
Al Foster Drums
Eric Gale Electric Guitar
Emanuel Green String Quartet
Albert "Tootie" Heath Percussion, Drums
Jack Jeffers Trombone
Keith Loving Guitar
Buddy Lucas Harmonica
Kermit Moore Cello, String Quartet
Christopher Newland Guitar
John Nuhn Acoustic Bass
Gene Orloff String Quartet
Norman Pride Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Dom Um Romão Percussion
Mulazimuddin S. Rasool Percussion, Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Maracas, Marimbas, Tambourine
Bill Salter Bass, Electric Bass
Sylvia Shemwell Tambourine
David Spinozza Guitar
Al White Organ
Billy Butler Guitar
Dana McCurdy Arp 2600
Robert Cunningham Bass, Narrator
Gordine Edwards Bass
Chinyere Nnenna Freelon Vocals
Leonard Goines Trumpet
The J.C. White Singers Vocals
William Fischer Conductor
Roy Brooks Jr. Drums
Joseph Wilder Trumpet
Jimmy Buffington French Horn
Snookie Young Trumpet
Mark Irose Guitar
Gian-Franco Ricci Piano, Keyboards
Monroe "Bones" Constantino Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Hugh Lawson Composer
Adam Rudolph Orchestration
Yusef Lateef Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Drawing
Kenny Barron Arranger, Composer
Norman Blain Engineer, Mastering
Bob Daspit Engineer
Joel Dorn Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Mort Fega Liner Notes
Haven Gillespie Composer
Ray Hall Engineer
Bob Liftin Engineer
Jerome Moross Composer
Gene Paul Engineer
Don Raye Composer
Bruce Tergesen Engineer
Dennis King Remastering
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Stanislaw Zagorski Cover Illustration
Marvin Israel Cover Design
Elizabeth Barrett Art Direction
Lee Friedlander Cover Photo
Joel Brodsky Cover Photo
Chinyere Nnenna Freelon Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
George Bass Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
The Graffiteria Cover Design
Traditional Composer
Sonny Buxton Liner Notes
Myron Dorf Cover Photo
Saeeda Lateef Liner Notes
Beasley Smith Composer
Steven Schaeffer Engineer
Sam Lewis Composer
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