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Yusef Lateef

Born: October 9, 1920 | Died: December 23, 2013    Primary Instrument: Reeds

Yusef Lateef

Renaissance man Dr. Yusef Lateef was born William Emanuel Huddleston in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 9th, 1920. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Detroit. Growing up in Detroit he came in contact and forged friendships with many a giant of jazz such as Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, and Donald Byrd. By the time he graduated from high school he was a proficient tenor saxophonist. He started soon after graduation playing professionally and touring with different swing orchestras among them those of Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge and Lucky Millender. In 1949 he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra (using the stage name William Evans), and stayed with them for one year. In 1950 he returned to Detroit and to enrolled in the Wayne State University’s Music Department and studying composition and flute. During his tenure at Wayne State he converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusef Lateef. He stayed in Detroit until 1960 and during this decade he led his own quintet for a while, recorded his first album as a leader for the Savoy label, Stable Mates, and furthered his musical education by studying oboe with Ronald Odemark of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra....
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As a Leader

Stable Mates
Savoy
1957


Morning
Savoy
1957


Jazz for the Thinkers
Savoy
1957


Jazz Moods
Savoy
1957


Before Dawn
Verve
1957


Jazz and the Sounds of Nature
Savoy
1957


Gong
Savoy
1957


Prayer to the East
Savoy
1957


Blues for the Orient
Prestige
1957



Prestige
1957


Yusef's Bag
Prestige
1957


Other Sounds
Prestige
1957


The Sounds of Yusef
Prestige
1957


Yusef at Cranbrook
Argo
1958


Angel Eyes
Savoy
1959


The Dreamer
Savoy
1959


The Fabric of Jazz
Savoy
1959


Cry! Tender
New Jazz/OJC
1959


Imagination
Prestige
1959


Contemplation
Vee-Jay
1960


The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef
Riverside/OJC
1960


The Centaur and the Phoenix
Riverside/OJC
1960


Eastern Sounds
Prestige/OJC
1961


Into Something
Prestige/OJC
1961


Jazz 'Round the World
Impulse!
1963


Club Date
Impulse!
1964


Live at Pep's
Impulse!
1964


Psychicemotus
Impulse!
1964


Live at Pep's Volume 2
Impulse!
1964


1984
Impulse!
1965


A Flat, G Flat and C
Impulse!
1966


The Golden Flute
Impulse!
1966


The Blue Yusef Lateef
Atlantic Records
1968


Suite 16
Atlantic Records
1970


The Gentle Giant
Atlantic Records
1972


Ten Years Hence
Atlantic Records
1975


The Doctor Is In & Out
Atlantic Records
1976


Autophysiopsychic
CTI
1978


In a Temple Garden
CTI
1979


Concerto for Yusef Lateef
Atlantic Records
1986


Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony
Atlantic Records
1987


Nocturnes
Atlantic Records
1989


Meditations
Atlantic Records
1990


Yusef Lateef's Encounters
Atlantic Records
1991


Tenors of Yusef Lateef & Archie Shepp
YAL
1992


Tenors Featuring Rene McLean
YAL
1993


Tenors of Yusef Lateef & Ricky Ford
YAL
1994


African-American Epic Suite
YAL
1996


Sonata Fantasia
YAL
1997


Like the Dust
YAL
1998


A Gift: Goodness Inwardness Forgiving Tolerance
YAL
1999


Beyond the Sky
Meta
2000


In the Garden
Meta
2003


Live in London
Harkit/UK
2005


Beautiful Flowers
FiveFour/Cherry Red
2006


Yusef Lateef at the Bottom Line
YAL
2006

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