Eastern Sounds

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Eastern Sounds
Yusef Lateef Album Eastern Sounds.jpg
Studio album by Yusef Lateef
Released April 1962
Recorded September 5, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Hard bop
Jazz fusion
Length 39:54
Label Moodsville
Producer Esmond Edwards
Yusef Lateef chronology
Lost in Sound
(1961)Lost in Sound1961
Eastern Sounds
Into Something
(1961)Into Something1961
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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 xun.[3] 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" (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