Yusef Lateef, Live at Pep’s (1964)
The other record I picked up on my recent Aussie trip – and was stoked to see it there, second-hand but in great condition – was this one by Yusef Lateef. I’m a fan, but this is the first LP I’ve owned by Lateef – I had a few CDs back in the day…truth be told though I bought this, at least initially, because I wanted to hear Mike Nock’s contributions. I haven’t really heard him in the context of the Lateef band, at least not since I’ve been a Nock fan. That is to say I knew he played with Lateef but haven’t really studied his playing in that role – if I’ve heard it previously I was probably unaware it was Nock. But that tone and touch is there, that spacing, that placement. And what a band – in fact. A killer crew. Lateef knocks it out on this – anything he tries and everything he does is great. It reminded me too what a great era this was for jazz – circa 1963/4-1966. The changing of the guard…some really great things coming in. New ideas. People re-strategising the role of small-combo playing, going out – sometimes way out – but never alienating. My favourite period in jazz I think (I realise this just now). Anyway, what a great find this one way.
Sample Track: Sister Mamie
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