Yusef Lateef



Limited 180 Gram Gatefold LP

One of his best albums from the mid-Sixties, Yusef Lateef’s 1984 is a truly experimental work. With bassist Reggie Workman, pianist Mike Nock, and drummer James Black, it goes from the eight-minute title track that opens the album to the two-minute, angular modal ballad “Try Love.” Reviewer Thom Jurek gave it four out of five stars in AllMusic, stating that “1984 certainly seems to be shaping up into one weird record.

The title is an experimental, noodling improv with Lateef moaning as if in mourning. But then with ‘Soul Sister,’ featuring Lateef’s deep, bluesy, tenor blowing around a gorgeous lyric figure, and Mike Nock’s stunningly beautiful soloing on ‘Love Waltz,’ the entire album moves in another direction, even if it isn’t terribly focused. In all, a complex yet emotionally and musically rewarding effort by a master.”

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1984 – LP

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Year of Release 2024
Record Label Impulse