Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “A Night In Tunisia” by Yusef Lateef

Don’t let the stoner intro fool you, stick with this one and it will pay major awards! The former William Emanuel Huddleston converted to Islam in 1950 and Yusef Lateef was born. Like his contemporary, Eric Dolphy, Lateef played saxophone, flute, bassoon and oboe and like Dolphy, both shared an interest in Eastern music. Lateef had an appetite of pushing boundaries and surrounded himself with sidemen that were able to share in his vision. This track was recorded on October 10, 1957 and features Wilburn Harden on flugelhorn, Hugh Lawson on piano, Ernie Farrow on bass and Oliver Jackson on drums. It was originally released on the Savoy album “Prayer To The East.”

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