- Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Original Jazz Classics / Prestige
- ASIN: B000000YSL
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Eastern Sounds Original recording remastered
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Lateef plays a variety of reed instruments backed by a traditional rhythm section of piano/drums/bass. The music ranges from originals to a couple of film themes which, in Lateef's hands, become minor revelations. In fact, my favourite track is his version of the Love Theme from Spartacus - partly for the way that Lateef manages to turn the oboe into a seductive jazz instrument, but mostly for Barry Harris's lyrical piano that effortlessly fuses progression and melody. Indeed, Harris was a major factor in the success of this album and his talent deserved much wider recognition.
Still, Eastern Sounds remains Lateef's moment - and an incredibly shining moment it is. The music is as fresh and refreshing today as it was on the day it was recorded. And it will appeal to many people who do not normally consider themselves to be jazz fans. Listeners who already know Lateef will need little convincing to buy this CD. I would recommend it to everyone - to be listened to in a relaxed environment of candles and incense.
I defy any jazz fan to find a more beautiful improvisation than Lateef's oboe flights on "Love Theme from Spartacus." He takes a well-known tune here and refines it about 10 levels higher than anyone else ever could.
Or for that matter, I defy anyone to find more beautiful tenor playing on a ballad than on "Blame Me."
Lateef also plays that instrument, mind you. He plays flute, oboe, and tenor sax, all better than most 'great' players ever learn to play one instrument. The arrangments are all top-notch and progressive (tunes in unusual meters such as 5/4 and 6/8), the rhythm is often tabla rather than drums, bringing even more of an 'eastern' feel to the proceedings.
If you're a jazz fan and you don't have this record, you surely must've been sleeping for the past 40 years! BUY IT NOW or suffer a permanent lack!
All the solos are amazing, in particular Lateef's. Among the more memorable songs are the two love themes, "Snafu", and "Blues For The Orient", although perhaps the freshest and catchiest track is "The Plum Blossom," a smooth, beautiful introduction to the album highlighted by Barry Harris' gorgeous piano language, tabla-like percussion, and Lateef in all his glory.
Upon first listen, Eastern Sounds may seem to be a little bit too much of an exoticization for Lateef to mold well - but the album grows on listeners like nothing else he has done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eastern Sounds is one of my favorite cd's by Yusef . He is one of the most creative and talented musicians I've ever had the pleasure of listening too. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Lisa M. Dunn
This is the music of my early childhood, when I would lay awake late into the night with sounds of "The Plum Blossom" wafting in from the living room... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by LeaJacqueline23
What a musician. I heard the record for long but now I listen over and over. Side B is incredible. The theme song from Spartacus lead your mind to somewhere else...Published on April 20, 2012 by Guilherme Pinheiro
THERE ARE A FEW THINGS I HAVE ALWYAS LIKED ABOUT THE MUSIC OF YUSEF LATEEF. THE FIRST THING IS THAT HE PLAYS MELODIES, NOT JUST A LOT OF "NOTES". Read morePublished on December 10, 2007 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
who has the ability to play anything and make you respect it and him. This guy is a thinking musician. I'm listening to it now respecting the drummer Lex Humphries too.Published on April 1, 2006 by D. Garcia
Yusef's ability to offer a perfectly executed musical note, one that resonates to the depths of your soul, is in itself evidence of the Creator's handiwork. Read morePublished on March 24, 2006 by Dawoud Kringle
This album is simply put - one of the best I have ever heard!! Plum Blossom and Love theme from Spartacus are favorites. Read morePublished on November 1, 2004 by PookieTookie
First time I heard Yusef Lateef
was when I stumble upon his
Eastern Sound cd. Just blew me
away. Read more