In honor of Yusef Lateef’s 100 anniversary (October 9, 2020), Adam Rudolph, who has toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef, composed and recorded Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef in NYC, over which the great Bennie Maupin played flutes and clarinets live at Red Gate Recorders in Eagle Rock.
Adam Rudolph – electronic keyboards and processing, looping, roland 606 drum machine, kongos, tarijas, slit drum, bala, udus, thumb pianos, marimbula, cajon, gongs, bells, percussion, voices
Bennie Maupin – flutes and clarinets
Yusef Lateef has had an enormous spiritual impact on all of us and has always created great musicSonny Rollins
Yusef Lateef was a Grammy Award-winning composer, performer, recording artist, author, visual artist, educator and philosopher who was a major force on the international musical scene for more than six decades.
In recognition of his many contributions to the world of music, he was named an American Jazz Master in the year 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Until his passing on December 23, 2013 at age 93, Yusef remained vital and active as a touring and recording artist, composer and educator.
Yusef Lateef is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest masters and innovators in the African American tradition of autophysiopsychic music – that which comes from one’s spiritual, physical and emotional self.
For the past four decades composer, improviser and percussionist Adam Rudolph has performed extensively in concert throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the NY Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician magazine. He has released over 25 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work.
Rudolph composes for his ensembles Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Hu: Vibrational percussion group, and Go: Organic Orchestra, an 18 to 54 piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians worldwide in the Go: Organic Orchestra concept.
Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic “Bitches Brew” album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as, “Big Fun”, “Jack Johnson,” and “On the Corner.” He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band.
Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments. Upon moving to New York in 1962, he freelanced with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Saunders, and Chick Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver.
He also recorded with McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw to name only a few.