Yusef Lateef on finding one's voice
NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
CD: The Complete Yusef Lateef
Yusef Lateef: It's a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage. And those people that we remember, they became themselves.
NEA JAZZ MASTER YUSEF LATEEF WAS BORN IN 1920. HE CAREFULLY HONED HIS SOUND ON THE TENOR SAXOPHONE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE MANY GREAT MUSICIANS AROUND HIM, WHILE IN PURSUIT OF HIS OWN VOICE.
That period, the idea was to get your craft together ? discover something that no one else did. That's why Lester Young sounded different than Coleman Hawkins playing the same instrument. That's why Charlie Parker sounded different than Johnny Hodges playing the same instrument. The idea was to find your own voice. And that's why we remember certain people.
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THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH THE GENTLE GIANT -- SAXOPHONIST AND FLUTIST YUSEF LATEEF -- WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.