Quotes by Yusef Lateef

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External instruments are only extensions of the biological instrument. more...

Each culture has some knowledge. That's why I studied with Saj Dev, an Indian flute player. That's why I studied Stockhausen's music. The pygmies' music of the rain forest is very rich music. So the knowledge is out there. And I also believe one should seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. With that kind of inquisitiveness, one discovers things that were unknown before. more...

The fact is ones own voice is not heard anywhere else. Its a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage. more...

Whatever I do today is the whole continuum of my experience. Like John Dewey said in his book 'Art as Experience,' you can't separate experience from the work of art. So, if I write for the symphony today, you're listening to everything that's happened to me since I was 18 years old. more...

Loveless moments are to be avoided. more...

When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path. These are the sights we must hold in mind, in order to move to a higher place. more...

My music is jazz. more...

Whatever I do today is the whole continuum of my experience. Like John Dewey said in his book "Art as Experience," you ca' separate experience from the work of art. So, if I write for the symphony today, you're listening to everything that's happened to me since I was 18 years old. more...

I started in high school with a teacher there. I also took lessons at the Conservatory of Music in Detroit. Detroit was very motivating. There were a lot of local people who inspired me like Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Roy Brooks, Donald Byrd, etc. more...

I started to study the flute in 1951. The flute has been utilized by African-American musicians as far back as the early Twenties. If you take a look at some of the old pictures of Chick Webb, then you will see the flute right there on the bandstand among the woodwinds. more...


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