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Album · 1976

Filed under Fusion
By YUSEF LATEEF

Tracklist

A1 The Improvisers 7:54
A2 Hellbound 6:37
A3 Mystique 7:37
B1 Mississipi Mud 2:51
B2 Mushmouth 6:30
B3 Technological Homosapien 5:16
B4 Street Musicians 2:54
B5 In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A Night Like This) 3:23

Total Time: 43:21

Line-up/Musicians

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Flute [Bamboo] – Yusef Lateef
Bass – Anthony Jackson, Robert Cunningham , Ron Carter
Drums – Al Foster
French Horn – Jimmy Buffington
Guitar – Billy Butler
Keyboards – Kenneth Barron
Percussion – Dom Um Romao
Synthesizer [Arp 2600] – Dana McCurdy
Trombone – Jack Jeffers
Trumpet – Joseph Wilder , Leonard Goines
Tuba – Jonathan Dorn

About this release

Atlantic – SD 1685 (US)

Recorded At – Regent Sound

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Coming out in 1976, Yusef Lateef’s “The Doctor is in …and Out” was a late comer to jazz’s short lived psychedelic phase, but like many of the somewhat obscure psych-jazz of that era, its found a second life among collectors of rare groove and jazz exotica. In many ways, Lateef was a natural for this style, his many African flavored long winded spiritual modal jazz jams were already one foot in the psyche world as it was. Throughout his career, Yusef was an artist who was interested in fusing jazz with whatever he felt like trying. “The Doctor…” isn’t a great album, nor a particularly bad one, but it is worthwhile for those who like those somewhat off the beaten path kind of opuses.

Side one opens with three rather laid back groove based fusion jams on which Lateef spins solos on flute and oboe. Joining him on keyboards is the great Kenny Barron, who shows up on more of these kind of albums than anyone except maybe Herbie Hancock. Before he became the king of contemporary hard bop, Kenny was all about his arsenal of synthesizers, effects and other electronic keyboards. As usual, Barron turns in a great job with his rhythmic accompaniment and hot solos. Side two picks up steam a bit with two grittier funk jazz numbers, the first recalling Eddie Harris and the second, Herbie’s Headhunters.

For the last three tracks of the album, Yusef takes a very hard left turn with some rather out there outings. “Technological Homosapien” is some sort of talk about technology that is hard to make out sometimes because the words are being over powered by odd sounds on the synthesizer. “Street Musicians” is just that, a recording of some street musicians performing a rather sad and mournful melody. The album closer takes the cake for oddness though, as Lateef solos along side an old sentimental pop song that may be altered electronically somewhat. As mentioned earlier, this album is mostly good for someone into acid jazz putting together a DJ set or mix tape that will have listeners trying to guess ‘where did you find that exotic jam‘.

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