Posted in music on December 23, 2013

yusef lateef

The Grammy Award-winner died this morning (Monday, December 23) at his home in Shutesbury, MA. He had suffered from prostate cancer for sometime now, but the Daily Hampshire Gazette confirms he passed away peacefully with his loved ones around him.

Lateef is best known for his contributions to world music, and his innovative fusion of American Jazz with traditional African rhythms and eastern Arabic styles of music. Although you were most likely to see him with a flute or a saxophone, he also played the oboe and countless other more exotic instruments, including the Xun (Chinese vessel flute), the bamboo flute, and the Japanese koto. - [The Jazz Line]

Rest in peace, Yusef Lateef. Stream his 1960 album, The Centaur & the Phoenix below.

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Comments (12)

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Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 8:55 PM

damn. One of the most bad ass musicians of the past century. This sucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 9:40 PM

RIP
A TRUE GEM
YOU WILL BE MISSED

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 9:59 PM

respect. rest well, brother.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:00 PM

RIP talented man. Sad to see that older generation of sax masters dwindling, those with a direct connection to the innovations of the bop era.

Posted by plans for space | December 23, 2013 11:46 PM

Eternal Love to Yusef.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 10:48 AM

First Detroit. Now Yusef. Kline's Show Bar, The Minor Key, The World Stage, the West End Hotel Yusef ruled the venues, gently. With passion.

Asalaamu Alaikum Brother, Peace be upon you.

Posted by David Lyon | December 25, 2013 12:59 AM

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Posted by auto diagnostic tool | December 27, 2013 5:04 AM

respect. rest well, brother.

Posted by Apple | January 5, 2014 4:44 AM

Who?

Posted by D | January 5, 2014 10:34 AM

^ not D.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2014 5:43 PM

I break my moratorium on flute playing for Yusef. That sound normally makes me want to punch something, but the bro knew how to make that shit work.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2014 7:15 PM

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