This 1957 album was the first of five that Yusef Lateef cut for Prestige, during a busy five-year period when the multi-instrumental innovator was also recording for Riverside and Savoy. According to an addendum to Ira Gitler's liner notes, "Bob Weinstock says that recording the Yusef Lateef group was one of his most enjoyable experiences because of the obvious pleasure that the group gets in playing their well-prepared material." That pleasure comes through clearly, as the Detroit-based quintet introduces Eastern and Middle-Eastern strains in a program notable for its emphasis on the leader's flute (which is by turns enveloping and guttural) and its healthy sampling of the eloquent flugelhorn of Wilbur Harden. Lateef had the knack for employing such oddities as balloons and Seven-Up bottles to musical ends; but substantial flute and tenor playing and forward-looking compositions are what really stay with the listener.
with Wilbur Harden, Hugh Lawson, Ernie Farrow, Oliver Jackson