I first heard this tune on the radio many years ago, and I wanted to know more about it but I only knew the title. Luckily, it’s also the title of the album, Hi Jinx at the Vanguard by Red Rodney and Ira Coleman. The tune itself is by trumpeter Jack Walrath. I hope you get up to some hi jinx this Halloween!
Yet another one from the prolific pen of Yusef Lateef. I could spend a year just posting my favorite blueses from Yusef Lateef albums, but I (probably) won’t.
Here’s another blues from the same album as last week’s, and a continuation of my tribute to Yusef Lateef.
Carrying on with my Yusef Lateef birthday celebration, here’s a blues by Yusef himself, as featured on the album of the same name by bassist Doug Watkins. Watkins actually plays cello exclusively on the album, leaving the low end duties to Herman Wright.
Happy birthday to Yusef Lateef, who would have been 99 years old today. Like many great musicians, his body of work seems to be timeless – his music sounds both traditional and modern, both familiar and foreign. As a young man he made valuable contributions to the ouevres of jazz masters like Charles Mingus and Cannonball Adderley, and later became a venerated bandleader and educator himself. His affinity for funk and gospel music helped produce some of the most sampled grooves in hip-hop, and he was known to his peers as an encyclopedia of jazz history and all manner of wind instruments.
Yusef was a prolific composer, but for his birthday post I’m sharing a dedication by pianist Barry Harris.