The Nat Birchall Quartet - The Storyteller - A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef

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We are so excited to stock another incredible jazzman Records Release as much as we are another Nat Birchall Quartet Release! The Nat Birchall Quartet - The Storyteller A musical tribute to Yusef Lateef has been beautifully released on vinyl as a 2LP and on CD. Another absolute essential from Jazzman


Nat Birchall is now considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation after 20 years in recorded Jazz. This is considered one of his most ambitious projects yet and is presented as a 2LP gatefold package with free download as well as on CD. We are proud and very happy to present this latest offering from acclaimed Jazz label - Jazzman

"When Jazzman Gerald first mentioned to me the idea of doing an album as a tribute to the jazz giant Dr Yusef A. Lateef, my first thought was "Where on earth do I start?" Lateef was such a colossus of music, and his scope so broad, that I couldn't hope to begin to cover his musical universe. He was a master of the tenor saxophone, a master of the flute, a master ballad player, a master blues player. Not to mention his skills as a composer and arranger and of course his exploration and use of musical methodology and instruments from all over the world."

"I've always been a great admirer of Lateef, and the challenge was intriguing, so I decided to give it go. We interpreted some of his own compositions (Brother John, Morning & Ching Miau) as well as some compositions by others that he made his own by careful arrangement and interpretation (Love Theme from Spartacus, Ringo Oiwake). I also wrote some original songs that, while certainly not written in his style, might be said to fall into his very broad approach to music making."

 "I also wanted to utilise as many different instruments as possible, something I hadn't explored too much until this album. So it was a nice opportunity to finally get around to playing some of the many small instruments I've collected over the years; the Turkish zurna, the mbira from Zimbabwe, the balaphon from Mali and the arghul from Egypt. We have also tried to use varied time signatures in the music, so we have songs in 3/4, 5/4 and 7/4 time, as well as the standard 4/4."

"Ultimately the best music tells a story to the listener and takes them to places they might not have imagined themselves. Yusef Lateef certainly did that, and as such was a master storyteller." - Nat Birchall

 Release Date 13th September 2019
Catalogue Number JMANLP115 / JMANCD115