Yusef Lateef records ‘Eastern Sounds’ for Moodsville (1961)

Yusef Lateef‘s ‘Eastern Sounds’ is an album exploring Middle Eastern music and recorded on September 5, 1961 and released the same year by Moodsville.

Track Listing : 1.The Plum Blossom (Yusef Lateef) – 05:03 . 2.Blues For The Orient (Yusef Lateef) – 05:40 . 3.Chinq Miau (Yusef Lateef) – 03:20 . 4.Don’T Blame Me (Jimmy Mchugh) – 04:57 . 5.Love Theme From Spartacus (Alex North) – 04:15 . 6.Snafu (Yusef Lateef) – 05:42 . 7.Purple Flower (Yusef Lateef) – 04:32 . 8.Love Theme From The Robe (Alfred Newman) – 04:02 . 9.The Three Faces Of Balal (Yusef Lateef) – 02:23

Musicians : Yusef Lateef – Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Xun/Chinese Globular Flute . Barry Harris – Piano . Ernie Farrow – Double Bass, Rabaab/Rabat . Lex Humphries – Drums

Production : Produced By Esmond Edwards Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Don Schlitten – Cover Photo . Joe Goldberg – Liner Notes

Recorded On September 5, 1961 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Released In 1961 By Moodsville.

(Source Yusef Lateef @ Wikipedia)


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