Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Only two songs to start off this album, "Nubian Lady," and "Lowland Lullabye," so it's gonna be a short review day. "Nubian Lady" is a pretty groovy way to start the album off. Sounds like I should be strolling down the street in the 70s with this playing behind. I could definitely picture this being in a movie back then, probably a blaxploitation film. Dig that Yusef is nice and prominent in the forefront - you definitely know this is his track. I really like what the keys are doing in this, especially how they harmonize with Yusef on the flute. Yusef definitely has a dope solo going on here, I think the middle eastern flare he throws on a couple riffs is a nice touch on things. A cool tune, but I think it might go on just a tad too long, as it becomes a little repetitive at 6:39. Otherwise, solid way to start off the album. I think "Lowland Lullabye" is a pretty cool tune. It's only Yusef and cello, and the two together have a eerie, Native American sound going on. Even though the track is very simple, something about it draws you in and grabs your attention. I find the cello being the only accompaniment very interesting, doesn't seem like something you hear very often. It's a good thing this track is on the short side (2:20), because I don't think it would have been able to be as effective were it longer. Cool self harmonizing by Yusef at the end. Good day of tracks.
Monday, April 15, 2013
I felt like doing an instrumental album this week, and my mom suggested I listen to Yusef Lateef's The Gentle Giant, so I obliged. Every album she's suggested so far has been great, so I'm going to listen to her on this one. She's also my mother, so I should always listen to her. I've never even heard of Yusef outside of my mom's mentioning him (she's mentioned him on a couple of occasions), and I'm looking forward to hearing what this flautist has to offer.