Yusef Lateef: Number 7
Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe, bamboo flute)
Live at Pep's (Impulse CD 134)
Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe, bamboo flute),
Richard Williams (trumpet), Mike Nock (piano), Ernie Farrow (bass), James Black (drums).
Composed by Yusef Lateef.
Recorded: live at Pep's Lounge, Philadelphia, PA, June 1964
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
This terrific set from Yusef Lateef's mid-'60's residency at Pep's Lounge in Philadelphia reveals a handful of fine, relatively unknown musicians performing with a multi-instrumentalist at the top of his creative game. "Number 7" is the perfect place to start if you are unfamiliar with Lateef's playing and compositional style. It begins with a fine, up-tempo bop tenor statement, followed by a slower, gospel/blues tenor statement that riles the crowd to a roaring ovation. Just when you think the tune is about to end, a bass vamp/solo begins and Lateef picks up the flute for a concluding statement. While the world music elements that have come to define Lateef's work as a leader don't reveal themselves here, his soulful tenor playing reached its career apex on Live at Pep's, a memorable live date recorded shortly after he'd completed a 2-year stint with Cannonball Adderley.
Reviewer: Eric Novod