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Posted in music on December 23, 2013
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.Rest in peace, Yusef Lateef. Stream his 1960 album, The Centaur & the Phoenix below.
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]