Yusef Lateef  

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Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston, October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950.

Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with "Eastern" music.


As leader

Savoy 1957-1959
Impulse! 1963-1966
Atlantic 1967 -1991
YAL Records 1992-2002
  • Tenors of Yusef Lateef and Von Freeman (1992)
  • Heart Vision (1992)
  • Yusef Lateef Plays Ballads (1993)
  • Tenors of Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp (1993)
  • Woodwinds (1993)
  • Tenors of Yusef Lateef & Ricky Ford (1994)
  • Yusef Lateef's Fantasia for Flute (1996)
  • Full Circle (1996)
  • CHNOPS: Gold & Soul (1997)
  • Earth and Sky (1997)
  • 9 Bagatelles (1998)
  • Like the Dust (1998)
  • Live at Luckman Theater (2001)
  • Earriptus (2001)
  • So Peace (2002)
  • A Tribute Concert for Yusef Lateef: YAL's 10th Anniversary (2002)
Meta Records
  • The World at Peace (1997)
  • Beyond the Sky (2000)
  • Go: Organic Orchestra: In the Garden (2003)
  • Towards the Unknown (2010)
  • Voice Prints (2013)
Other labels

As sideman

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Ernestine Anderson

With Art Blakey

With Donald Byrd

  • Byrd Jazz (Transition, 1955)
  • First Flight (1957)

With Paul Chambers

With Art Farmer

With Curtis Fuller

With Grant Green

With Slide Hampton

With Louis Hayes

  • Louis Hayes featuring Yusef Lateef & Nat Adderley (1960)

With Les McCann

  • Invitation to Openness (1972)

With Don McLean

With Charles Mingus

With Babatunde Olatunji

With Sonny Red

With Leon Redbone

With Clark Terry

  • Color Changes (1960)

With Doug Watkins

With Randy Weston

With Frank Wess

  • Jazz Is Busting Out All Over (1957)

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