- Released: September 13, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Impulse Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ethereal flute meditations followed by hard-driving tenor saxophone workouts. An Erik Satie composition alongside a Fats Waller tune. Pieces with inscrutable titles like "Psychicemotus" and Medula Sonata." Something unusual is going on here - but when the multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef is involved, the unusual is business as usual. This 1965 quartet session is vintage Lateef, as infectious and captivating as it is mysterious and uncategorizable.
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1225 stars out of 5
-- "[T]his extraordinary album evokes the heightened tension of that heady, mid-decade timeframe as the civil rights movement buckled and the Black Power era awoke."
- 2.Bamboo Flute Blues
- 4.Why Do I Love You?
- 5.First Gymnopedie
- 6.Medula Sonata
- 7.I'll Always Be In Love With You
- 8.Ain't Misbehavin'
Personnel: Yusef Lateef (flute, bamboo flute, tenor saxophone, tambourine); Georges Arvanitas (piano); Reggie Workman (bass instrument); James Black (drums, percussion, bell).
Psychicemotus was released in 1965 and features Yusef Lateef on various flutes and tenor saxophone, Georges Arvanitas on piano, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer James Black. And while the Coltrane era of modal and free jazz was in full swing, Lateef always followed his own muse, and continued looking forward while looking back to ancient musics. His use of bamboo and Chinese wood flutes on the title track and "Bamboo Flute Blues" added not only dimension and texture, but rhythmic invention to standard jazz forms. Yet his readings of Jerome Kern's and Oscar Hammerstein's "Why Do I Love You," on which he plays tenor, swings elegantly while incorporating both hard bop and angular outside playing in his solo. Arvanitas is a near perfect foil for Lateef in that while he's not as technically flashy as Barry Harris, he is a deeply sympathetic player who uses accents and ostinati as grounding points, and prefigures rhythmic changes rather than just comping. The beautiful reading of Erik Satie's "First Gymnopedie" on which Lateef plays flute is an utterly beautiful, restrained, and adventurous reading, and is allowed to resonate rhythmically with hand-percussion fills by Black. While not Lateef's finest recording for Impulse (Live at Pep's takes the cake), it certainly is a worthy and memorable one. ~ Thom Jurek