Before Dawn: The Music of Yusef Lateef

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Before Dawn: The Music of Yusef Lateef
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Studio album by Yusef Lateef
Released February 1958
Recorded April 16, 1957
WOR Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
Yusef Lateef chronology
Jazz Mood
(1957)Jazz Mood1957
Before Dawn: The Music of Yusef Lateef
Jazz and the Sounds of Nature
(1957)Jazz and the Sounds of Nature1957

Before Dawn: The Music of Yusef Lateef is an album by multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef recorded in 1957 and released on the Verve label.[1] The album was produced from Lateef's third recording session under his leadership.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars with its review by Scott Yanow stating, "This is one of the most obscure of all Yusef Lateef recordings... the set is more bop-oriented than normal... showing how strong and original Lateef could be even playing conventional straight-ahead material. Some of the other pieces look toward the future and/or the East, and all eight selections have their memorable moments... Recommended."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Yusef Lateef except as indicated

  1. "Passion" - 4:04
  2. "Love Is Eternal" - 6:30
  3. "Pike's Peak" - 5:30
  4. "Open Strings" - 6:15
  5. "Before Dawn" - 5:27
  6. "Twenty-Five Minute Blues" - 5:27
  7. "Chang, Chang, Chang" - 2:57
  8. "Constellation" (Charlie Parker) - 4:47



  1. ^ Yusef Lateef discography accessed July 17, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed July 18, 2012