Yusef Lateef on inspiration
NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
You're Somewhere Thinking of Me
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Yusef Lateef: The late Stravinsky said his greatest thrill was when the idea when he was composing came to him. There was an urge of warmth and beauty and spirituality.
NEA JAZZ MASTER YUSEF LATEEF.
That's why we remember certain melodies. I think they're providentially inspired. Say, if someone's singing, and it's so beautiful that it touches one. It's not the person singing, but it's the anointing of Providence upon this singer that's attracting the listener. And, I daresay, that perhaps there have been times when I have felt this quality. It's not that I can demand it. I can only be a recipient of it when it happens.
MUSIC: up and fades
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH SAXOPHONIST AND FLUTIST YUSEF LATEEF -- WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.