May 22, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Man With the Big Front Yard

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Yusef Lateef
genre
Jazz
We gave it a B

Saxist-flutist Lateef has functioned just far enough outside convention to avoid much limelight. Here, four Atlantic albums from the late ’60s and early ’70s have been assembled on these three CDs, and The Man With the Big Front Yard‘s mostly soul-jazz direction — with splashes of psychedelia, gospel, and world music asides — resonates nicely in retrospect. B

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