Yusef Lateef, a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who brought the sounds of world music to jazz and became one of the first jazz musicians to convert to the teachings of Islam, died Monday December 23, 2013. He was 93.
Lateef initially was best known as a dynamic tenor saxophonist with a big tone and a strong sense of swing. But his persistent creative and intellectual curiosity led him to the discovery of an array of other instruments as well as a fascination with various international forms of music.
Intellectually curious and later disdainful of the label 'jazz' for his sound, Yusef Lateef incorporated an array of instruments and world styles as a performer and educator. MORE HERE
Yusef Lateef : The Man With The Big Frontyard