Yusef Lateef - Full Circle

Yusef Lateef Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Vocals

Stephen McCraven Drums- Stephen has achieved worldwide recognition for his complex blend of African East Middle Eastem 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 astonishing dynamic sound. Stephen has perfommed 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 "Autophysiopychic piano, " with particular emphasis on the music and styles of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Brazilian Hemmeto Pascoal. along with the blues, etc,.

Avery Sharp Bass - Avery has worked with McCoyTyner, Archie Shepp, Art Blakely, Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny. Tyner states unequivocally 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.

Carlos Bermudo Guitar - originally from Seville, Spain. Carlos is a guitarist whose interests range from improvised music to classical and flamenco. He received undergraduate and Masters degrees in Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has also studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and Seville’s Conservatory of Music. While attending the University of Massachusetts, Carlos studied compositkon with Frederick Tillis, Jeff Holmes, Max Roach, Ted Dunbar, David Spomy and Yusef Lateef. During this time, Carlos studied classical guitar with Phillip de Fremery. During this time, Carlos perfommed with Archie Shepp, Denis DiBlasio, Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala, Emie Watts, Clark Terry and Billy Taylor.


Love Poem
Translation in Southern Sesotho
by Tsidii Le Loka

True love is rare
Lerato la nnete ha se ntho ea ka mehla

Honest love is scarce
Lerato le tsepahetseng ha le funmanehe habonolo

Emotional love is common
Lerato la pelo ke le hohle

Brotherly love is enduring
La khaitseli lerato ke la bophelo ho ea qetellong

Love is everywhere
Lerato Ke Ntho e Ka Ngena Le Ka Ngane

Eliminate love, and perish
Lahla lerato o feele


Yasuragi No Uta
(Song of Peace) in Japanese
Translated into Japanese by Saito Takesh)

Aito hikanga shizukani tsutsumu
Peace surrounds us love and light

Makototo nasake kokorono nakani
Truth, compassion in our heart

Ima wagamatoni
Peace and love is here at last