A couple of years ago, when I was still in Italy, I have been lucky enough to watch one of the dates of Yusef Lateef’s last tour before his death. He is one of our true musical heros and Jopparelli was able to see the same gig one year before me in our hometown too. We both agree it was not just a concert but a very deep spiritual experience.
What really came to light during that night was the complex and all-embracing musical path Lateef did during his life. The result of this journey was a concert very theoretical and refined where he played several ancestral instruments (many of which I am not even able to name) alongside some classic instruments he used to play during his long career. The atmosphere that night was magic, almost sacred. Now that I found this exact show on Youtube, I am very happy to share it here and pay an homage to the late Yusef Lateef.