Yusef Lateef - Ballads

Yusef Lateef - Yusef Lateef Plays Ballads

 
Yusef Lateef • Tenor Saxophone

Stephen McCraven • Drums Stephen has achieved worldwide recognition for his complex blend of African, Middle Eastern and East European influences brought to bear on the native Black American music idiom. He wrests a profound melodic conception from the drums, inspiring both mind and heart to be relentlessly engaged by his astonishingly dynamic sound. Stephen has performed with Sam Rivers, Mal Waldron, Harold Ashby, Marion Brown and Freddie Hubbard, Hank Crawford, and others.

Tom McClung • Piano Tom has accompanied superstars such as Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, James Cotton, Ray Copeland, Al Cohn, and others. On his own, McClung has studied the entire history of "Autophysiopsychic piano," with particular emphasis on the music and styles of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal, along with the blues, etc,.

Avery Sharpe • Bass Avery has worked with McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny. Tyner states unequivocal!y that Sharpe is "of the young guys, one of the major people out there." He was recently selected for the Young Lions concert held at Carnegie Hall during the Kool Jazz Festival. Leonard Feather has cited Sharp's brilliantly empathetic" playing—a giant among giants, a technical wizard whose solos, whether in rapid single-string lines or guitar-like chords, never fail to astonish.

Adam Rudolph • Percussionist, responsible for digital orchestration and processing. Composer and Ethnomusicologist Adam Rudolph has been pursuing the development of Cross-Cultural Improvisational music for over fifteen years. He has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Brazil with Yusef Lateef, Don Cherry, Jon Hassel and Hassan Hakmoun, among others.

These original ballads composed by Yuset Lateef and performed with the trio composed of Avery Sharp, Tom McClung and Stephen McCraven are in essence stylized forms of solo songs. And in all candor, it can be said that these ballads are narratives told in melodic, harmonic and rhythmical verse. These narratives deal with a variety of concepts, feelings and realizations as are reflected in the titles of each song. As well, the structuring process of each song form embodied a variety of elements not previously employed by the composer. The songs have artistic elaboration and poetic refinement, which deals with both conceptual subjects that are empirical and philosophical subjects. The forms of the songs are free combinations of the strophic and through composed types, ornamented with lyrical, creative and masterful improvisation by each musician, thus justifying the title "Ballads':

PRODUCED BY YUSEF LATEEF ORIGINAL RECORDING—NORMAN BLAIN MIX AND MASTERING—NORMAN BLAIN DIGITAL MASTERING BY TOBY MOUNTAIN, NORTHEASTERN DIGITAL RECORDING, SOUTHBOROUGH, MA RECORDED AT MOONSTAR MEDIA IN DECEMBER 1992, LEVERETT, MASSACHUSETTS COVER DESIGN BY RALPH SEAMAN, STUDIO E NORTHAMPTON, MA COVER PHOTO BY HANS HARZHELM