Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds


Label:

Original Jazz Classics

Genre:

Jazz

Product No.:
AOJC 612
UPC: 025218661218
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Vinyl Record




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Whether his albums appeared under the logo of the forward-looking New Jazz, the contemplative Moodsville, or the parent label, Yusef Lateef never failed to offer a singular blend of jazz verities and cross-cultural initiatives in his years as a Prestige artist. Eastern Sounds, originally presented as a Moodsville disc, satisfied its initial mandate with tender readings of two movie themes and a luxurious "Don't Blame Me," while also including hard-swinging tenor sax ("Snafu"), soulful oboe ("Blues for the Orient"), and such iconoclastic colors as the sound of the Chinese globular flute and the Indian rabat (both heard on "The Plum Blossom"). A stellar working band, featuring fellow Detroiter Barry Harris on piano, helps the multi-instrumental pioneer Lateef realize his one-world vision of a music that knows neither stylistic boundaries nor expressive limitations.



Side A
1. The Plum Blossom
2. Blues For The Orient
3. Ching Miau
4. Don't Blame Me

Side B
1. Love Theme From Spartacus
2. Snafu
3. Purple Flower
4. Love Theme From The Robe
5. The Three Faces Of Balal

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Very Pleasing Sound

posted on 10/27/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
My pressing is fairly good, but you can hear some light clicks and pops in the quieter passages. I have the Craft 1-Step of this album, and this OJC pressing is on par with the 1-Step. The overall sound quality is very good.

The flutes all sound really cool and are sharply focused. The drums are bracing and the cymbals have that full decay that is the hallmark of a good recording. The piano is captured better than the RVG pianos - it's sharper sounding. The bass is well-defined, not just boomy. Everything feels like it's right there, only feet away. All of the instruments sound correct, with the sax especially velvety sounding.

This is pretty equivalent to the BN Classic Reissue Series, but with slightly better piano and velvety-er sax.


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