The Centaur and the Phoenix

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The Centaur and the Phoenix
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Studio album by Yusef Lateef
Released 1960
Recorded October 4 and 6, 1960 (#1-7)
Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
June 23, 1961 (#8-9)
Bell Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Hard bop, modal jazz
Length 42:24
Label Riverside
RLP 337
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Yusef Lateef chronology
The Three Faces of Yusef Lateef
The Centaur and the Phoenix
Lost in Sound

The Centaur and the Phoenix is an album by multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef recorded in 1960 and released on the Riverside label.[1]


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

The Allmusic site awarded the album 4 stars with the review by Stacia Proefrock stating it "takes the risks and the innovations that Lateef was known for, and expands them in a number of different directions all at once, leading to an album that bursts with new ideas and textures, while remaining accessible, and above all, beautiful. Lateef seems eager here to take the next step musically by breaking the mold of his previous albums".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Yusef Lateef except as indicated

  1. "Revelation" (Kenny Barron) - 6:02
  2. "Apathy" - 5:25
  3. "Ev'ry Day (I Fall in Love)" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal) - 6:59
  4. "The Centaur and the Phoenix" (Charles Mills) - 5:37
  5. "Iqbal" - 4:51
  6. "Summer Song" (Mills) - 5:26
  7. "The Philanthropist" - 4:02

Bonus tracks on CD reissue:

  1. "Jungle Fantasy" (Esy Morales) - 2:42
  2. "Titora" (Billy Taylor) - 2:25



  1. ^ Yusef Lateef discography accessed July 17, 2012
  2. ^ a b Proefrock, Stacia. The Centaur and the Phoenix review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2012.