Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony

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Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony
Studio album by Yusef Lateef
Released June 1987
Genre Jazz, New Age
Length 32:53
Label Rhino Atlantic
Producer Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony is an album by Yusef Lateef, released through the record label Rhino Atlantic in June 1987. The album, which Billboard described as "an atmospheric four-movement classical/jazz composition", was produced by Lateef, recorded, mixed and mastered by Norman Blain, and remastered by Dennis King. Lateef provided all instrumentation that appears on the album. In 1988, Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony earned Lateef the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album despite having no prior association with the genre.

Composition and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Lateef played all of the instruments that appear on Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony, which Billboard described as "an atmospheric four-movement classical/jazz composition".[2][3] The album was produced by Lateef, recorded, mixed and mastered by Norman Blain, and remastered by Dennis King.[4]

In 1988, the album earned Lateef the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album despite having no prior association with New Age music.[5][6] Known for disliking the term "jazz", Lateef has stated he has no problem with the New Age classification and believes the genre has no "negative connotations at all".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Yusef Lateef.

  1. "First Movement: Larghissimo" – 8:05
  2. "Second Movement: Andante" – 8:14
  3. "Third Movement: Moderato" – 10:07
  4. "Fourth Movement: Presto" – 6:51

Track listing adapted from Allmusic.[1]

Personnel[edit]

A man with his eyes closed, wearing a black cap and plaid shirt and playing a saxophone
Yusef Lateef in 2007

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "2010 NEA Jazz Master: Yusef Lateef". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lateef, Yusef; Boyd, Herb (2006). The Gentle Giant: The Autobiography of Yusef Lateef. Morton Books. p. 308. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Black Artists Swept Gospel Awards at Grammys. Jet 73 (25) (Johnson Publishing Company). March 21, 1988. p. 54. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Heckman, Don (March 11, 1989). "Yusef Lateef--From Bars to the Rhythms of Nigeria". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 

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