I was saddened by the passing of Yusef Lateef two days before Christmas a few weeks ago. Since I have been playing recently in the Asheville-based avant/jazz/rock group Rational Discourse, it seemed appropriate to compose a tribute piece in memory of Lateef for that ensemble.
Posted here is a live recording of my composition "Song of Peace for Yusef." My thanks go to fellow performers in Rational Discourse who did an outstanding job in realizing my composition.
Personnel: Steve Alford, clarinet; Alan Theisen, alto saxophone; Jason Moore, tenor saxophone; Phillip Bronson, percussion; Joey Katkowsky, percussion; Jim Simmons, bass; Jay Sanders, guitar. Recorded live at The Mothlight (Asheville, NC) on January 5, 2014.