Yusef Lateef: Psychicemotus (Vinyl LP)
Limited vinyl LP pressing. Psychicemotus was released in 1965 and features Yusef Lateef on various flutes and tenor saxophone, Georges Arvanitas on piano, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer James Black. And while the Coltrane era of modal and free jazz was in full swing, Lateef always followed his own muse, and continued looking forward while looking back to ancient music. Yusef was a jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America, following his conversion to Islam in 1950. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with Eastern music. Psychicemotus, Bamboo Flute Blues, Semiocto, Why Do I Love You?, First Gymnopedie, Medula Sonata, I'll Always Be in Love with You, Ain't Misbehavin'