Homage to Yusef Lateef by Corvini- Iodice Roma Jazz Ensemble

Yusef Lateef - tenor sax, flute, shanie

Matt Waugh- percussion, electronics

Mike Applebaum, Claudio Corvini, Aldo Bassi, and Giancarlo Ciminelli - trumpet

Mario Corvini, Luca Giustozzi, Roberto Pecarelli, and Luigino Leonardi - trombone

Gianni Oddi, Daniele Tittarelli, Gianni Savelli, Massimo D’Avola, and Elvio Ghigliordini - saxophone and clarinet

Pino Iodice - piano

Dario Rosciglione - contrabass

Pietro Iodice -drums

Produced by Yusef Lateef

Original Recording - Tea Tao, Metastasio, Prato, Italy

Digital Mastering - Jim Hemingway, Deerfield MA

Layout Design - Rick Ward, Hadley MA

Cover Photo - Michael DiDonna
 
A Syllogism by Yusef Lateef

Flowers, beautiful flowers, children, humanity, lovely, love, life, embrace all - please! Don’t let evil subdue us. Take from our minds the thornlike thoughts that torture us like bloodsucking leeches and demons of disenchantment. Free us of withering, despairing thoughts that inhabit our minds like the dull buzzing of dragonflies. Take from our hearts the veils of ignorance that we may walk in peace. Come soon - please!

Love opens the gates of truth and justice and the lips of flowers - yes love while there is time, while the heart still struggles within the chest, it whispers, it speaks the truth - listen! The soul, sometimes staggering under life’s challenge, is straining every unseen fiber, then desires and fears are seen no longer; the soul is but a stillness somewhere in space. The heart speaks to the soul. Listen to this internal dialogue. See with the eyes of the heart; listen when it speaks, for the heart is born pure.

The waves of life scatter the winds of time. Shreds of life are floating along in time. Loveless moments are to be avoided.

When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path. These are the sights we must hold in our mind, in order to move to a higher place. Time after time in our hearts and soul we find love. No static, no pain - so pure, so happy to be alive. Waves of love consume us. We find no hatred - just love for all.