A masterful musician on the tenor sax, flute, and oboe, Yusef Lateef incorporated scales and instruments from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and four decades ago was introducing audiences to what is now called world music, before the term entered critical parlance.
Dr. Lateef, who taught for many years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died Monday in Shutesbury, his website announced. He was 93.
In a statement, the National Endowment for the Arts praised him for bringing “a broad spectrum of sounds to his music through his mastery of Middle Eastern and Asian reed instruments. A major force on the international musical scene for more than seven decades, he was one of the first to bring a world music approach to traditional jazz.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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