Only the Best of Yusef Lateef, Vol. 1

Only the Best of Yusef Lateef, Vol. 1

by Yusef Lateef


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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).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431117323
catalogNumber: 1173

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
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
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
White   Organ
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Billy Butler   Guitar
Dana McCurdy   Arp 2600
Robert Cunningham   Bass,Narrator
Gordine Edwards   Bass
Chinyere Nnenna Freelon   Vocals
Leonard Goines   Trumpet
J.C. White Singers   Vocals
William Fischer   Conductor
Roy Brooks   Drums
Joseph Wilder   Trumpet
Jimmy Buffington   French Horn
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
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
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
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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