Eastern Sounds

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Eastern Sounds
Studio album by Yusef Lateef
Released 1961
Recorded September 5, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Hard bop
Jazz fusion
Length 39:54
Label Moodsville
MVLP 22
Producer Esmond Edwards
Yusef Lateef chronology
Lost in Sound
(1961)
Eastern Sounds
(1961)
Into Something
(1961)
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Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Eastern Sounds is an album by jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef, recorded in 1961. The album features Lateef's continued exploration of Middle Eastern music, which were incorporated into his version of hard bop with a quartet featuring Barry Harris on piano. The opening track features Lateef on Chinese globular flute,[2] generally called the xun,[3] which moves into a standard blues progression in D. The fusing of musical genres was not a new thing in jazz or for Lateef as his 1957 album Prayer to the East incorporated the shehnai and Middle Eastern influences in playing jazz standards.[4] Aside from Lateef's original compositions, there are covers of themes from the films Spartacus and The Robe, the last one being used as samples by Blockhead and Nujabes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Plum Blossom" (Yusef Lateef) – 5:03
  2. "Blues for the Orient" (Lateef) – 5:40
  3. "Chinq Miau" (Lateef) – 3:20
  4. "Don't Blame Me" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 4:57
  5. "Love Theme from Spartacus" (Alex North) – 4:15
  6. "Snafu" (Lateef) – 5:42
  7. "Purple Flower" (Lateef) – 4:32
  8. "Love Theme from The Robe" (Alfred Newman) – 4:02
  9. "The Three Faces of Balal" (Lateef) – 2:23

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