Yusef Lateef Live at Pep's, Volume Two
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- Released: October 19, 1999
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Brother John
- 2.P. Bouk
- 4.Yusef's Mood
- 5.I Remember Clifford
- 6.Listen to the Wind
- 7.I Loved
- 9.Magnolia Triangle, The - (alternate version)
Personnel: Yusef Lateef (tenor saxophone, oboe, argol, tambourine); Richard Williams (trumpet); Mike Nock (piano); Ernie Farrow (bass); James Black (drums).
Producer: Bob Thiele.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded live at Pep's Lounge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 29, 1964. Originally released on Impulse! (9310, 9353). Includes liner notes by Michael Cuscuna.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit technology by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).
Personnel: Yusef Lateef (flute, oboe, tenor saxophone, tambourine); Richard Gene Williams (trumpet); Mike Nock (piano); James Black (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Erick Labson.
Liner Note Author: Michael Cuscuna.
Recording information: Pep's Lounge, Philadelphia, PA (06/29/1964).
Photographer: Charles Stewart .
Recorded live at Pep's Lounge in Philadelphia on June 29th, 1964, we hear Lateef at his best. He combines his proclivity for musical eccentricity with a number of hard-swinging tunes. As usual, he plays not only tenor saxophone, but flute, oboe, and a very obscure instrument called an argol (a double clarinet that resembles a bassoon). He's backed by Richard Williams on trumpet, Mike Nock on piano, Ernie Farrow on bass and James Black on drums, and this group really shines on bluesy versions of "Brother John" and "Nu-Bouk."
The ballads, "I Loved" and "I Remember Clifford" are lovely, subtle and filled with brilliant climaxes and melodious tenderness. Other tracks such as "The Magnolia Triangle" and "Listen to the Wind" push the boundaries of hard bop, as Lateef and crew experiment with moments of harsh dissonance bordering on atonality. An extremely creative and well-conceived set of music, LIVE AT PEP'S delves into the very heart of jazz, for it seeks to push the envelope of spontaneity and improvisation and stretch one's concept of structure and form.
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